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Community centers for farmers to learn about agricultural technologies Oxfam

Farmers and students in these areas will now be able to use the Internet to access market prices for crops, and learn about agricultural technologies
Community centers for farmers to learn about agricultural technologies Oxfam

As internet connectivity has proven to help the farmers to gain knowledge and information and increase the productivity of the fields.Therefore knowing the importance the international organisation have led forwarded their hand to add and contribute the society in agriculture production.

In context to this, two organizations in Cambodia have opened new Cambodia Community Innovation Centers in Pursat and Takeo provinces to help farmers access the Internet; many of them will use the Internet for the first time.

The Innovation Centers will offer computer classes for people in the community. Farmers and students in these areas will now be able to use the Internet to access market prices for crops, and learn about agricultural technologies. They can also use social media sites like Facebook to upload stories, photos, and videos about agricultural products from their community, and share those stories nationally and globally.

Rapid expansion of wireless networks in the country, and widespread usage of smart phones is helping as much as one third of Cambodia’s population access the Internet and use Facebook, 80 percent of them exclusively through cell phones, according to a 2015 study funded by USAID and the Asia Foundation.

Oxfam and local partner organizations plan to establish at least one Community Innovation Center in each of Cambodia’s 24 provinces. The network of Centers will support a Khmer-language Facebook page devoted to helping participating farmers share information and market products.

Hay Sokchea, a 16-year-old student, wants to use the newly opened Center near her home in Sareng, in Pursat province, to study. She also says she hopes to increase her “knowledge related to agriculture that can help my parents to increase their productivity.” Sokchea says the center is near her home, and will help her get computer training that would otherwise be out of reach as her parents cannot afford to send her to a nearby town to study. She says she hopes to promote the Center to her friends, so they too can register for the computer courses offered. 

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