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With his determination to elevate the agricultural social enterprise of Cambodia, a young graduate is ready to set foot in New Zealand for a short-term scholarship on agri-business and food production.

Sony Nan, from Project Alba’s sales team in Cambodia, was selected to be part of the New Zealand government-funded programme to learn food systems at the Massey University.

Sony will get the chance to participate in class-based learning about agricultural products, pre- and post-harvest techniques, crop transportation systems and storage methods. He will also be traveling to North Island and study on the local products of the country.

A graduate of the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh , Sony, said, “It’s exciting to be among the few people accepted into the programme. I am proud to come back to Cambodia with more knowledge and expertise on farming. It will help me improve the agriculture system in my country which is at the heart of the work that we do at Project Alba. I hope to learn new skills that will have direct benefit for our team, our farmers and the people who buy and eat our vegetables.”

“This is the second year that we have offered Short-Term Training Scholarships (STTS) in the agriculture sector. Last year, seven Cambodians were selected and participated in this programme. This year there will be a total of five Cambodians taking places on the programme, across two intakes (the first course is from 25 April – 11 May, and the second course is from 15 May – 1 June). Both of the courses are delivered by Massey University, in New Zealand,” said a spokesperson from the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok.

The skills and knowledge Sony will get from the training will benefit Cambodian farmers in increasing their productivity and reducing post-harvest losses.

Project Alba, a for-profit social enterprise, has already helped farmers in Takeo and Kampot. The organisation aims to give local farmers the tools and technical know-how in growing safe and healthy vegetables and eventually uplift Cambodia’s food supply chain.

Originally published in the Khmer Times.

Lowery Michelle, 11th May 2018