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SRER KHMER (Last updated: September 2014)

A local NGO dedicated to the support of sustainable socio-economic development through research, training, education and community development by promoting participatory discovery learning approaches, farmer-led activities, farmers networking, sustainable agriculture, and natural resource management.

About Srer Khmer

Competence, SRER KHMER – who we are and what we do:

Srer 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. See Certificate....

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 communities.

Srer Khmer 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.

Project Approaches

 

Srer Khmer 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.

The 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, (ii) by using Farmer Life School (FLS), by 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 capacity

  • Project Implementation: 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.

  • Project Progress Report: Srer Khmer 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.

  • 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 the project.

Srer Khmer works based on project by project from donor/s guided by our strategic plan 2011 – 2015.

 Srer Khmer 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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Our Vision

Farming communities and community development workers must have the capacity, rights and ownership in making decision on any issues that are relevant to sustain their living

Our Mission

Srer Khmer, in recognition of farmers' rights and community development workers to learn, use and manage their own community resources and participate in any decision related to their livelihood, is committed and community development workers to providing farmers opportunities to gain knowledge and strengthen their capacity to lead and manage their lives through participatory learning approaches which build on understanding the fundamental relationship between agriculture, environment and rural societies.

Our Goal

Farmers and community development workers having increased control of their lives based on a mastery of ecological and social knowledge and skill.

To achieve this mission and goal, Srer Khmer 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.

Our Core Values

  • Responsibility
  • Respect Ourselves
  • Respect others
  • Teamwork
  • Empowerment
  • Commitment
  • Open communication
  • Sharing experiences
  • Learning and motivation

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