A new phase of a project on Management practices for profitable crop livestock systems for Cambodia and Lao PDR, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and led by Associate Professor Matt Denton (pictured), will work with partners in Laos and Cambodia to improve livelihoods through sustainable intensification of crop and pasture production systems.

Worth $1,242,140 over the next three years, this research will build on past work to provide farmers with increased opportunities to produce healthy food while protecting soils and enhancing livelihoods, ultimately reducing poverty in these two countries. The project will help some of the world’s poorest smallholder farmers, including women, make the best of sandy soil, nutrients, water, labour and seed/planting material supply constraints to enhance productivity, sustainability and profitability in their farming systems.

The project will deliver scientifically tested recommendations for forage production and placement relating to soil nutrition and landscape and provide support for both small and large-scale improvements through practice and policy changes, supply chain support and stakeholder information.

Part of the University’s and Faculty’s commitment to being an active participant in positive global change, this project has already funded a postdoctoral researcher and attracted two HDR students, one each from Laos and Cambodia.

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