CIRAD in Cambodia

Last update: 1 June 2016

In Cambodia, CIRAD primarily gears its research toward reconstructing sustainable farming and alleviating poverty. This includes food security and health safety, managing emerging epidemiological risks, environmental protection, ecological intensification, and promoting biodiversity.

A rural world under reconstruction

Cambodia used to be the leading rice exporter in Indochina and a substantial producer of natural rubber, thanks to its highly suitable soils and climate over part of its territory (red soils). Cambodia was torn by war, with the massacre of a large share of its population by the “Khmer rouge” regime from 1975 to 1979. By the end of the war in 1991 it was a country in ruins, and is still today in the process of reconstruction, receiving major international aid.

Researchers hosted by their partners

One researcher is based at the Ministry of Agriculture, CIRAD’s main partner in Cambodia, in the Department of Agronomy and Agricultural Land Improvement; one researcher is based in the Epidemiology and Public Health Unit at the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia (IPC).

Numerous missions are undertaken there from neighbouring countries, notably Thailand, and from France for the natural rubber supply chain.

Main fields of involvement

  • Support to agricultural development in Cambodia
  • Epidemiology of emerging animal diseases
  • Food quality
  • Rubber plantation and agronomy

Research platforms in partnership


Last update: 1 June 2016

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