As VWB’s 3-year project “Improving Food Security and Rural Livelihoods in Cambodia and Laos (Foodlive Camlao)”will end in December this year, and following a recent meeting with external stakeholders, such as international NGOs and government staff, a Final Stakeholder Meeting was conducted at the Faculty of Agriculture (FAG) together with 11 village chiefs of the project villages in Hoychiem community, local representatives of the Women’s Union, 11 village veterinary workers, and farmers who had participated in the project’s different activities. In addition to this, project team members and staff of the faculty joined the meeting, which was chaired by Associate Professor Fongsamouth, the faculty’s Vice Dean and Project Supervisor.
Following introductory speech given by Assoc. Prof. Fongsamouth, Dr. Daovy (FAG lecturer & project coordinator), gave a short overview of the project history. Then, Mr. Sisavath (FAG lecturer & project trainer) presented the project’s veterinary activities, namely the training of village veterinary workers and veterinary drug vendors, animal health monitoring, rabies vaccination campaigns, and village-wide poultry vaccinations. After this, Dr. Lampheuy (FAG lecturer & project coordinator) explained the results of the implemented livelihoods activities (i.e. crop farming, forage production, poultry farming, and insect farming) and of the Community Health Days.
After the presentations, the Vice Dean asked representatives of all present villages for their feedback and their plans for the future. All participants expressed their gratitude for being able to join the project activities and many of them want to continue with the activities after the end of the project. The Vice Dean encouraged the participants of the meeting to take an active part in the development of their villages and emphasized the commitment of the faculty to assist in this endeavour.
On behalf of the faculty, Assoc. Prof. Fongsamouth handed over certificates to VWB’s project officers Margot and Thomas, and thanked them for their work.
Finally, all village representatives were asked to participate in an end-of-project survey to assess their satisfaction with the different project activities and their relevance for them.