Written by, Nara Noualyny
In the beautiful city of Siem Reap, there is a growing movement towards sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly practices, which brings us to the Green Farmer Siem Reap (GFS). If you haven’t heard of them yet, it’s time to get acquainted. With a mission to improve the livelihoods of farmers and promote eco-friendly production methods, GFS is making a significant impact in the local community. With a vision for a sustainable future and a passion for giving back, GFS makes the perfect partner for those looking to distribute fresh and agri-processed products.
Established in December 2018, with support from Agrisud International Cambodia the Green Farmers Association now boasts over 400 members, with a significant percentage of women participating. GFS engages in a variety of activities, including collecting, transforming, and distributing agricultural products, marketing, labeling, promotion, advocacy, and market research. By 2023, they plan to register as a GFS Social Enterprise with the Ministry of Commerce.
The GFS vision is focused on sustainable agriculture that respects people, land, animals, and biodiversity while meeting food and economic needs. Their mission revolves around creating a balance between producers, customers, and their enterprise, all while respecting the environment. They aim to offer personalized technical and economic support to producers, provide high-quality, fresh, and healthy agriproducts to customers, boost economic activity in the local area, and strengthen the skills of their collaborators.
GFS’s core values revolve around their slogan, “Healthy Choice Safety Food,” and their commitment to contributing to the community and the planet. They emphasize the importance of supporting local farmers, promoting sustainable living, satisfying customers, maintaining quality, and fostering trust.
The culture at GFS is built on collaboration, honesty, integrity, dependence, humility, perseverance, and responsibility, ensuring a strong foundation for the organization’s growth and success.
Cambodia: A Destination for Organic Farming
With its fertile soil and favorable climate, Cambodia has the potential to become a hub for organic agriculture. The Green Farmers Association in Siem Reap is an excellent example of a group working towards this goal. As a social enterprise promoting sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly production methods, GFS seeks to improve farmers’ living conditions while addressing environmental concerns.
“Organic farming is a holistic approach to agriculture that focuses on nurturing soil health, promoting biodiversity, and reducing dependence on synthetic chemicals. This is achieved through the use of natural fertilizers, crop rotation, and other organic practices.”
Cambodia’s agricultural landscape is characterized by small-scale, family-owned farms. This makes the transition to organic farming more manageable, as it does not require large-scale infrastructure changes. Additionally, the country’s rich agricultural heritage provides a solid foundation for the adoption of organic farming practices.
The Future of Organic Farming in Cambodia
With the support of organizations like the Green Farmers Association and increasing awareness about the benefits of organic farming, Cambodia is well-positioned to become a leader in sustainable agriculture.
To ensure the success of organic farming in Cambodia, it is essential to invest in education and training for farmers, promote the benefits of organic products to consumers, and establish a regulatory framework for organic agriculture.
Organic farming is an important solution for sustainable agriculture in Cambodia. By promoting environmentally friendly practices, preserving the country’s fertile land, and supporting local communities, organic farming can contribute to a brighter future for Cambodian agriculture.
If you’re interested in partnering with GFS to distribute fresh and agri-processed products, you can reach them at +855 95 472 514 or join their Telegram channel at https://t.me/greenfarmersiemreap. You can also visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenFarmersSiemReap. By supporting GFS and their endeavors, you’ll be contributing to the development of a better and more sustainable Cambodia.