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Title: Farmer knowledge and perception of production constraints in Northwest Cambodia
Contributor(s): Montgomery, Stephanie C (author); Martin, Robert J (author); Guppy, Christopher  (author)orcid ; Wright, Graeme C (author); Tighe, Matthew  (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.09.003
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Abstract: Upland farming in Northwest Cambodia has developed rapidly over the last 20 years, with limitations to the plough based system now apparent, including soil degradation and reductions in yield and profitability. A survey was conducted in order to prioritise the main constraints to production, to aid in future research planning, and to identify potential beneficial modifications to the current system. Three hundred and ninety one farmers were interviewed regarding their current farming system constraints, knowledge of conservation agriculture and their future plans in the Districts of Samlout in Battambang Province and Sala Krau in Pailin Province. Perceived major problems in the farming system were extreme climate events such as droughts and heavy rain, declining crop yields, and cash flow shortages, particularly in the pre-monsoon period. This is a plough based farming system, yet 66% of farmers had heard of conservation agriculture, and 59% wanted to learn more about conservation agriculture practices. Two thirds of farmers were interested in how to grow crops in the post-monsoon dry season on residual soil moisture. The survey highlighted opportunities for farmer education and adoption of farming system modifications to improve productivity and sustainability of the farming system in Northwest Cambodia, and assist with climate change adaptation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Rural Studies, v.56, p. 12-20
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0743-0167
Field of Research (FOR): 070101 Agricultural Land Management
070107 Farming Systems Research
070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 820499 Summer Grains and Oilseeds not elsewhere classified
960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
961402 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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