Competence, SRER KHMER – who we are and what we do:
Khmer means Field of Cambodia, a local NGO, non-profit and
non-partisan and was established on
January 9, 2002 by a group of former staff of FAO Community IPM
Programme, the founders of Srer Khmer. The FAO project ended in late
2001 after operation in Cambodia since 1996 so that Srer Khmer was the
response to the need to further build on the work of FAO and facilitate
the work of farmers-led activities.
Srer Khmer was established and registered as a Cambodian NGO with the
Ministry of Interior of the Royal Government of Cambodia
on January, 2002 to continue the work of FAO/IPM. The IPM Program was delivered via Farmer Fields Schools, a proven FFS approach to successful adult learning and farmer networking. Srer Khmer has taken the principles of FFS training and strengthened them to implement a more comprehensive and holistic platform of farmers-led activities that link social, environmental, economic and production issues in its programs.
Srer Khmer is
certified by NGO Code Compliance Committee from NGO Governance and
Professional Practice (NGO GPP) fsince February 27th 2009 . This award meant that NGO GPP recognizes and
appreciates Srer Khmer's efforts in complying with all standards and
being role model NGO in Cambodia.
Srer Khmer staff have
been active in rural development and the agricultural sector for over 12
years, initially with FAO pioneering the Farmer Field Schools.
By the end of 2011,
some 720 Farmer Associations have been formed in 720 villages, 130
communes of 60 districts in 12 provinces (Kandal; Kampong Cham; Kampong
Thom, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, Takeo; Kampong Speu; Pursat, Battambang;
Pailin, Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey). Srer Khmer has delivered a wide
range of farmer led training to more than 50,787 households (48% of whom
were women), farmer trainers and Government District Trainers (about
200,935 farmers family beneficiaries). The main methodology has been the
Farmer Field School (FFS - participatory and discovery learning
approach) and extension approaches.
Apart from staff, we also have a
network of well-trained and certified farmer trainers at the provincial,
commune, and village levels where we can call upon for providing
training at their respective communities as well as outside their
is comfortable with i. The project outputs and can ii. Coordinate
beneficiary selection, iii. Maintain relationship working with
diversified stakeholders (supporting agencies, provincial office,
district council and local authorities) and iv. Work to meet the demand
from the supporters based on the requirements (to meet needs) and v.
Work in a flexible ways to achieve results.
works in close cooperation with relevant farmers groups, government
institutions and other NGOs based on the values of honesty, equity,
positive encouragement, gender equity and responsibility. Srer Khmer in
particular works with Farmer Trainers as main partners in developing
broad farmer-to-farmer training activities in the areas of ecological
agriculture and livelihood related issues. Farmer Trainers have played
an important role in organizing farmer meetings and follow-up training
activities. Key government district trainers have been contacted to
support these activities as a technical advisor to Farmer Trainers.
After receiving training either through FFS or a series
of short training, farmers are trained to develop their individual
action plan for livelihood improvement for the next seasons.
following are specific project approaches we designed most of our
projects included (i)
By using FFS or a series of short training towards integrated farming
for livelihoods improvement,
using Farmer Life School
forming farmer networks and farmers’ rights,
by using the combination of FFS and FLS to form a IFFLS
(Integrated Farmer Field and Life School).
Project management experience, monitoring and evaluation
Normally, full time project staff are hired based on project
requirements, their educational background, experiences and
motivation. The project staff members are the agronomists that work
closely with beneficiaries, local authorities and government
stakeholders. All project staff prepare monthly project action plans
and budgets based on agreed project requirements. The project staff
members will work under the supervision of the Senior Program
Manager the cost of whom is shared by the project. The overall
responsibility for the project is with the Executive Director.
will submit project progress reports to the donor on a monthly basis
and/or a three months basis (quarterly basis) or as required. All
project staff must submit their achievement report to Senior Program
Manager in monthly basis, the Senior Program Manager is responsible
to compile and elaborate on project progress in a report submitted
to Executive Director for review and submission to the supporting
agency (donor). Srer Khmer covers all projects in its annual report
and at the end of a project produces a report which captures all the
lessons learnt during the duration of the project.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
The internal project monitoring and evaluation is routinely
conducted every three months by the Srer Khmer program team which
consists of Executive Director, Senior Program Manager, Senior
Program Officers and Finance Manager together with Project staff.
The results based monitoring and evaluation is the main tool for
conducting internal project monitoring and evaluation of each
project using a participatory approach in which project
beneficiaries and local authorities are also involved in the
process. The external project evaluation is normally conducted by
independent consultants with a contract based on Srer Khmer
procedures or by the donor and is normally conducted at the end of
Khmer works based on project by project from donor/s guided by our
strategic plan 2011 – 2015.
run projects with effectiveness and efficiency. Our administration cost
is low and operational costs are met with the target
clients/beneficiaries. Srer Khmer runs projects in 12 provinces without
having any vehicle. Our technical staff hold at least University degree
certificate and equip with just necessary equipments such as motor-bike
and laptop to deliver a high quality services with professional manners.
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