Agriculture minister Dith Tina has suggested a collaboration with the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) on using data to streamline farming in the Kingdom.

The partnership would assess the status of farmers nationwide through an economic analysis of agricultural productivity in relation to land allocation and the production of crops.

Tina proposed the joint effort at a meeting with a CDRI working group at the ministry headquarters on August 29, and highlighted the importance of the innovation model programme, a detailed framework to identify, advance and implement ideas.

He also encouraged the CDRI to partner with the University of Agriculture to foster fresh concepts among students in the field.

“We will provide technical support and promote new farming models.

“Strengthening the value chain, ensuring ownership and securing adequate capital will enhance productivity, quality and safety.

“By reducing costs and boosting efficiency, we will work towards economic sustainability. This aligns with our shared vision to elevate Cambodia to an upper-middle-income country by 2030,” Tina said.

Eng Netra, the head of CDRI, on August 30 said the institute was assembling a team of experts and collating pertinent documents for an in-depth preliminary study.

The goal is to lay the groundwork before commencing the project.

Highlighting the longstanding relationship between the two groups, Netra emphasised the need for revitalised discussions under new leadership to bolster development.

“Our team is deliberating on document preparation, prioritising tasks, and devising new strategies,” she said.

These steps precede comprehensive field research across the nation, a pivotal push for the project’s successful future execution.

With researchers specialising in economics, horticulture and economic development, CDRI is also home to the Centre for Policy Research in Agriculture and Rural Development (CPARD).

CPARD examines critical agricultural aspects including nutrition, food safety, value chains, sustainability, development and improving rural livelihoods.