Allgemein

Symposium on “Working with Families in Cambodia” at RUPP

DSC0000819 December 2017

The Department of Psychology invited professionals from the field of Mental Health to exchange experience and learn from each other during presentations of projects on working with families and clinical application of family therapy from various organizations in Cambodia and international family therapists on December 15 at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). …

More >>>

 

Symposium on “Working with Families in Cambodia” at RUPP

DSC0000819 December 2017

The Department of Psychology invited professionals from the field of Mental Health to exchange experience and learn from each other during presentations of projects on working with families and clinical application of family therapy from various organizations in Cambodia and international family therapists on December 15 at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). Fourth year Bachelor psychology students were listening amongst the audience of psychologists, social workers and project officers to presentations like “Family Dialogue” or “Intergenerational Dialogue”, both addressing the past traumatic experience in Families during the KR. Further topics were “Alternative Care for Children in the Community”, and case presentations from graduates of the DP’s recent training in Family and Systemic Practice. The audience was actively involved with interesting questions and insightful comments. The event was organized by the team of the Master program in “Clinical and Counseling Psychology” together with CPS advisor Bernhild Pfautsch and financially support by the CPS/GIZ.

DSC00041

DSC00123DSC09957

 

 

 

 

Please find more info about the master program here: http://masterofpsychology-rupp.com/

Disclaimer

Data Protection

Disclaimer

Behind the scene of organic business

Main photo14 December 2017

Despite of imbalance financial returns, organic business in Cambodia currently still keeps moving forward.

More >>>

Behind the scene of organic business

Main photo14 December 2017

Despite of imbalance financial returns, organic business in Cambodia currently still keeps moving forward.

In doing this organic business, Ms. Thlang Sovann Pisey, the director of Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC) initially expected to get a return on investment within three years.

“But now it seems I have to wait further”, said Ms. Pisey.

She explained that although KOC could manage to have a sales balance, there were some challenges with a high operational cost.

Ms. Thlang Sovann Pisey, Director of Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC) Photo by Chhai Kosal

Ms. Thlang Sovann Pisey, Director of Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC)
Photo by Chhai Kosal

“In order to operate the organic business well, we have to invest in setting the structures such as production operation, post-harvest and processing, shop, marketing and support team including logistics and administration”, she said.

Ms. Pisey still wants to continue the organic business, however. She has strong commitment and willingness for the sake of health and ecology system for people in Cambodia.

KOC was established four years ago amid a concern over chemical residues adding to an increasing interest of organic produces among consumers in Phnom Penh. The company specializes in producing vegetable and fruits in an organic way. It was found by Mr. Ieng Sotheara, a former medical doctor. The founder first opened an agricultural input shop selling crop seeds, fertilizers, and agriculture tools. The idea of organic shop came later in respond to the over chemical application in Cambodia’s agriculture.

Photo by Canady Mao

Photo by Canady Mao

Photo by Nop Sopheak

Photo by Nop Sopheak

In sustaining the business, Ms. Pisey said that trust among customers was the KOC’s first priority. In doing so, KOC has established a model farm of 20 hectares to introduce the organic concept and provide suitable technical knowledge and skills through training and workshop to farmers. The KOC model farms now receive an official organic certification, EU standard, from the Control Union of Cambodia.

Besides, KOC wants to bring organic products to other contract super markets. However, due to the availability, it needs to only focus on the supply to KOC in this stage.

.

Data Protection

Disclaimer

Are vegetables at an organic shop truly organic?

MAIN PHOTO10 November 2017

… A common question that many customers ask the organic supplier

It is a matter of quality, trust and satisfactory.

Ms. Chhounso Chenda, a sale manager at Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC) in Phnom Penh says that customers deserve to know every detail about the products they consume.

At KOC when the customers come to the shop, one of the policies consists in having a shop assistant explaining about the vegetables and fruits displayed such their origins, how they are produced with clear expiry dates, according to Ms. Chenda.

In building trust and satisfaction, she further says the shop also provides services to bring customers upon their request on a “green tour” to explore the process of planting, cutting and packaging. The cost is partly shared between KOC and the customers. At the farm, the customer can test the vegetables directly.

Ms. Chhounso Chenda, a sale manager at the Khmer Organic Cooperative. Photo by: Reth Vicheka

Ms. Chhounso Chenda, a sale manager at the Khmer Organic Cooperative.
Photo by: Reth Vicheka

“Once the customers test our fresh vegetables, they will feel the difference between the organic and non-organic products and can decide if they would like to continue to support us,” said the Sales Manager.

At the same time the quality of the products is a must.

To further improve its quality standards, KOC applies for a certification from the Control Union of Cambodia. The “Certification from the Control Union is like the insurance that we truly follow the organic standards,” she said.

“We believe that having high quality products, will allow the customer to trust us more.”

Fresh products at the Khmer Organic Cooperative. Photo by: Lim Davin

Fresh products at the Khmer Organic Cooperative.
Photo by: Lim Davin

At KOC Ms. Chenda says that the quality comes first and sales volumes come second. Even though there is high demand of organic vegetables and fruits, KOC chooses not to import the products from other farms or shops, but upholds an idea to grow vegetables and fruits on their contract farms based on soil condition and weather.

“It is not that we do not want to increase the sales supply, but we do not want to import any vegetables and fruits that we are not certain about their origins,” said Ms. Chenda.

By doing this, she says the shop has increasingly gained trust from the customers. She adds that regular customers now ring for home delivery; the shop arranges a basket full of variety of vegetables and fruits and just sends it to the customers.

“We only need to make sure that there will be no repetition for the next weeks delivery”, said Ms. Chenda.

Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC) in Phnom Penh

Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC) in Phnom Penh

Note:

The story and photos are outcomes of a three-day workshop “Impact Story Writing and Basic Photography” for project staff of Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS), and their partner, Khmer Organic Cooperative. The workshop was conducted in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 14-16 February 2017 and attended by 14 attendees. ASEAN SAS Communication Officer provided the training.

For more information regarding Healthy Food please refer to our previous article: Safe food, Healthy life in Cambodia.

By Keo Chenda, Lim Davin, and Reth Vicheka, Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households and Khmer Organic Cooperative.

Participant checking news sample during the workshop. Photo by: Keo Chenda

Participant checking news sample during the workshop.
Photo by: Keo Chenda

Group photo at the Workshop

Group photo at the Workshop

Data Protection

Data Protection

Disclaimer

Follow Us!

All activities are implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).