Cambodia’s RM awardee: Beyond toxic fertilizers

The son of a poor Cambodian teacher, Dr Yang has helped farmers produce more rice with less input.

Over a decade ago, Cambodia emerged from a seemingly endless civil war with its economy in shambles and farmers barely able to grow enough rice to feed themselves.

Now most Cambodian rice farmers are obtaining high yields without using the toxic fertilizers and pesticides they employed in the past, thanks to the vision of Dr Yang Saing Koma, a 2012 Ramon Magsaysay awardee.

This agricultural engineer set up in 2000 the Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC), credited with introducing the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Cambodia.

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