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From efforts in sustainable intensification to agro-ecological services provided by cave-roosting bats, UTIA researchers have been frequenting Cambodia, a country located in Southeast Asia. UTIA-Cambodia partnerships began to expand in early 2016 through a collaboration with The Pennsylvania State University on, “Women in Agriculture Network (WAgN) Cambodia: Gender and Ecologically Sensitive Agriculture,” a four-year USAID project supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL). Since then, partnerships and research activities have been on-going and expanding. Through partnerships with other US land-grant universities and Cambodian universities and institutions, UTIA research involvement in Cambodia is continuing to grow, while also uniquely integrating food production and wildlife conservation perspectives.

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Bats in Cambodia
Contributions of Cave-Roosting Bats in Cambodia
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With increasing mining activities negatively affecting bat habitat in Cambodia, UTIA researchers are examining how these pressures on the bat population impact the natural pest control of the agricult
Farmer 2 Farmer
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Farmer-to-Farmer provides technical assistance from highly-skilled U.S. volunteers to Cambodian farmers & agricultural groups to promote sustainable improvements in both food security and agriculture.
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Scaling Suitable Sustainable Technologies
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Building on our prior research in Cambodia, this project seeks to bring three sustainable intensification technologies to scale: vegetable grafting, cover/relay crops, and wild gardens.

Past Projects

The Living Fences for Improved Livestock Feed
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This project examines the effectiveness of three native tree species in creating a physical, living barrier to prevent cows from foraging on rice paddy cover crops, while expanding forage options.
Women in Agriculture Network (WAgN) Cambodia
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This project empowered women and improve nutrition by promoting women’s participation in the value chains for horticultural crops and rice produced through sustainable intensification (SI) practices.