Sophanara Phan, Dept. of Agriculture – Battambang & Pailin

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

Projects: Uptake of agricultural technologies and best practices amongst farmers in Battambang and Pailin provinces, Cambodia and Next generation agricultural extension: social relations for practice change

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 flip charts.