Phan Sophanara, Dept. of Agriculture – Battambang & Pailin

Project Role: Local agricultural scientist; Responsible for collaboration with Battambang and Pailin agricultural departments.

About: Sophanara is Chief of Agronomy and Agricultural Land Improvement Office, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Pailin province. He has extensive practical knowledge of rural development and implementing field research based on agricultural research priorities for upland farming systems. Sophanara has provided technical advice and co-ordinated monitoring and evaluation of project activities relating to enterprise development, household income, community development social welfare work and vocational skills. He has conducted surveys, research studies, and training/market need assessment and prepared resource materials on elements of crop-cattle production systems including production of English/Khmer technical manuals, factsheets and farmer flipcharts. Sophanarra worked as the local research agronomist with the previous project.