The first Asia-Pacific Local Champions Exhibition opened today at the Royal University of Agriculture of Phnom Penh. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry of Cambodia, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and PROCASUR welcomes more than hundred participants to the three-day event from eight countries, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Tonga and Vietnam. The event is a unique opportunity to build personal contacts with outstanding rural women and men, promoting innovations in sustainable rural and agricultural development, with special focus on the involvement of rural youth.
Local champions and members of the public and private sectors showcases products, knowledge and innovations, best practices and technologies in 18 Innovation Shops.
In the afternoon, public-private Roundtables provide space to identify concrete collaboration opportunities between local champions, rural youth and other development practitioners.
The Event focuses on on four critical areas; (1) natural resource management and climate change; (2) Rural groups for economic and social development (3) Agriculture and market: high-value products, organic agriculture, value chain development; and (4) local knowledge enterprises- community learning centers, farmer field schools, learning routes.