|Yang Saing Koma|
July 26, 2012
Excerpt from Business World (Manila, Philippines)
SIX INDIVIDUALS have been named recipients of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards for their contributions to agricultural productivity, environmental protection and community development.
Related contributions to improving the farm sector were attributed to Cambodian Yang Saing Koma, who was cited for establishing, in 1997, the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture that has been credited with introducing a sustainable rice production system for smallholder farms.
An agronomist, Mr. Koma also set up a body that allowed farmers to directly deal with the market to address predatory pricing. The CEDAC Enterprise for Development now has a chain of 13 shops that sell produce from over 5,000 farmers in eight provinces, and has even started to export organic rice.