Green Shoots Agri-tech Training Centre for Rural Development in NW Cambodia

Setting up a purpose built training centre for rural vocational skill, following the success of Agriculture Skills in Public Schools project

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Organization name

Green Shoots Foundation

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1,000 - 5,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

Cambodia, Samrong and neighboring villages


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

“Cambodia’s lower-secondary completion rate is 48%- significantly lower than the rest of East Asia/ Pacific, where its 92%” The reason being: 1. Standard of education in schools is low 2.Costs associated with pursuing education and passing national exams The outcome: Young people (esp in rural areas) are pulled out of the education system or they fall behind drastically. With limited options or access to vocational skills or livelihood opps.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

In 2012 Green Shoots piloted an agriculture skills program in an education centres and schools (Stage 1 of Food Agriculture & Social Entrepreneurship). This was scaled up to start a three year Agriculture Skills in Public Schools project. We worked with local community organizations and the provincial government to introduce agriculture skills within the education curriculum. Now we plan to set-up a purpose built training centre to: • Train for young students and farmers on small-scale agriculture and introduce low-cost technology. • Build the capacity of local knowledge via regional and international knowledge exchange • Enterprise incubation and development for job-creation via access to microfinance and funding The most innovative aspect is that this will be a one of its kind agri-business incubation focusing on sustainable technique and design.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Impact to date from our Agriculture Skills in Public Schools Project: • 50 number of teachers trained in agriculture skills • 43 Schools with vegetable gardens • 5,000 students trained in vegetable garden skills • USD 50 average income per school garden per harvest -> reinvested in the plot • 2.8 tonnes/ hectare of rice harvested (pilot) • USD 3,000 of food expense saving (pilot) • 80 students skilled in organic rice paddy. (pilot) We have dug new ponds and restored old ones which enable house holds to access water. Accolades: Ministry of Sustainable Development certificate, Food Tank recognised us as one of the 17 organisations working to end global hunger: Via the Agri-tech training centre we are able to maximise this impact by allowing keen students interested in an agriculture career to access full time courses and strenthen a rural economy

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Individual donations and gifts: 20% Grants: 50% Corporate foundations: 25% Earned income: 5% (for the operations of the centre, we hope to supplement those by selling produce in a farm shop)

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Our innovation lies in having a holistic approach i.e. training + access to social capital for youth

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

The "Aha!" moment for Green Shoots for our Food Agriculture and Social Entrepreneurship Initiative was realising that just "access to finance" via mircofinance isn't sustainable or a solution to poverty. Access to skills and creating an enabling environment is equally important. From our Founder, Mr Jean-Marc Debricon: "If poverty is complex and multi-dimensional, can we realistically expect to address it with a single tool? " more ideas expressed here: In light of this, we took a step back and decided to invest in people, the skills of young people ( 70% of the Cambodian population is under 35 years old). We wanted to focus on rural exodus and harness the power of a rural agroeconomy

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Participated in previous CSV Prize competitions


Join the conversation:

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Hola Green Shoots Foundation , nos pareció muy interesante su Proyecto. Nosotros actuamos en el ámbito rural con distintos grupos etarios con la implementación del Proyecto Mejora del Aprovechamiento Sostenible de los Recursos Hídricos en San Pedro de Casta. En la cual destacamos puntos como son:
* Eficiente aprovechamiento de los recursos agua y suelo en el riego de cultivos de la comunidad de San Pedro de Casta.
*Gestión sostenible de los recursos hídricos en la comunidad de San Pedro de Casta.
Cada una de estas lineas, contempla actividades de un trabajo conjunto con la Comunidad Campesina de San Pedro de Casta.

Los invitamos a que puedan evaluarnos y mejorar, gracias!

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