The FAEC joins in the consultation process on the new Cambodian Law on Agriculture Cooperatives
On 29 September 2014, a consultation process was launched for the formulation of legal frameworks related to the new Cambodian Law on Agriculture Cooperatives. With the support of German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation (DGRV), the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF) is to publish legal texts on Union of Agricultural Cooperatives. This opportunity was taken by the FAEC, the Federation of Farmers Organisations (FO) partnering with ADG in Cambodia, in order to establish relationship with MAFF, to defend the interest of farmers through this assistance to the formulation of legal frameworks.
This rainy season, several FO members of the FAEC already associated with each other in pre-Union of Cooperatives to realize an economy of scale and to exchange services. These Union experiences are important to illustrate substantial technical legal issues that limited the development of their Union of Cooperatives.
During the 29 September workshop, the by-laws on internal regulations of Union of Cooperatives were revised by farmers’ representatives, who defined and organized the message to transfer to MAFF, as well as an action plan for further consultations. This exercise was piloted within the frame of the AFSA (Family Agriculture and Food Sovereignty), an ADG project that targets the strengthening of the FAEC advocacy capacities among its activities.
Interview of Mr Chan Sothea, President of Tipath Cooperative at Takeo, who in 2014 associated with other FO:
“This exercise is essential to take into consideration our vision in the government texts. Today we modified the text in the sense of more collective management, because the initial text was treating farmers as individuals, and not as organized in Union of Cooperatives. We also simplified the terms, so that they are better understood by farmers. It is important that we impose our view and clarify what was not understood by the farmers for a better implementation of the law".