Sustainable Agriculture in Cambodia.
Current knowledge applications and future needs.
Unicam Conference. 27-29 August 2018
UNICAM is an Erasmus+ project focused on the development of master programmes in sustainable agriculture (MSA) made up of eight universities from Cambodia, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain.
The main objective of this event is to share the knowledge and agree on the steps needed to encourage more and more sustainable agriculture production.
There are undeniable evidences indicating that agriculture plays an important role on global change as it has increased tremendously the global carbon footprint, i.e. one third of greenhouse gas emissions coming from agriculture. On the other hand, global change and more specifically the uncertainty deriving from climate change poses a threat to agriculture as it is understood today. This is truly a pressing matter which demands more and more a move to sustainable agriculture worldwide.
It is worth mentioning that if we move to agricultural practices that minimize the use of pesticides the benefits will not be only for human and environmental health but it will also increase the commercial value of the agricultural goods.
We are convinced that the concepts taught in subjects in our MSA, and those that will be presented and discussed with key stakeholders and end-users during the conference will benefit our society, but more importantly will persist in future generations leading to a sustainable implementation of the lessons learnt.
Pao Srean (University of Battambang)
Helena Guasch (University of Girona)