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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification

Project Outputs 

Presentations and Publications 

  • Ader, D. (2016). Information Technology in a Changing Agricultural Environment. American University of Phnom Penh (Phnom Penh, Cambodia).

  • Bates, R.M. (2016, March 16). Diversifying rainfed rice with vegetable crops. Bangkok Thailand. 
  • Bates, R.M. & Bicksler, A. (2017). Crop Biodiversity: A Foundational Component of Sustainably Intensified Farming Systems. Working Session on Sustainable Intensification, Soil Health Assessment and Underutilized Species, Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

  • Bates, R. M. & Ader, D. R. (2016). 'Strengthening Informal Seed Systems to Conserve Agrobiodiversity in Southeast Asia' / 'Small Farm Resource Centers as an Important Extension Tool '. CE SAIN Lecture Series: Biodiversity Conservation, Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Ader, D. R., Gill, T., and Kaeser, A. (2018). Sustainable intensification and determinants of household food security in rural Cambodia. Presentation at First International Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

  • Ader, D. R., Len, S., and Gill, T. (2018). Migration, agricultural education, and rural brain drain in Cambodia. Presentation at First International Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Bates, R. M. (2017). Central role of species diversity in the sustainable intensification of Cambodian agriculture. Presentation at 4th National Scientific Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development Promoting sustainable agriculture and rural development for the future, University of Battambang, Battambang, Cambodia.

  • Bates, R. M. (2018). Sustainable intensification of marginal land with 'Wild Gardens'. Presentation at First International Sustainable Intensification and Nutrition Conference, Royal Univ. of Agriculture, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

  • Bates, R. M. (2018). Role of NUS (Neglected and Underutilized Species) in the diversification of smallholder farms. Presentation at ACIAR Cambodia Sustainable Intensification and Diversification, Battambang, Cambodia.

  • Gill, T. (2017). Sustainable intensification of smallholder systems in northwest Cambodia. Presentation at ECHO International Agriculture Conference, Fort Myers, FL.

  • Huot, S. & Jensen, L. (2018). Gender and leadership: sustainable intensification in Cambodia. Presentation at Rural Sociological Society 2018 Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon.



These are a selection of videos produced by the Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CESAIN), a SIIL-supported project in Cambodia.

The Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) is the leading public agricultural university in Cambodia. In order to attain their projected research goals, the university works with collaborators like the United States Agency for International Aid (USAID) and SIIL. To learn more about the partnership between RUA and USAID, and the advancements they have made to promote sustainable agriculture in Cambodia, be sure to watch this video!


In Cambodia, traditional farming methods often led to low production outputs, soil, water and biodiversity degradation, and poor nutrition. To address these issues, USAID teamed up with Cambodia’s leading agricultural university and created the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification and Nutrition (CESAIN). Check out the video above to learn more about this partnership and what they are doing!


Phong Saret, a 34-year-old smallholder farmer, shares his story about living in Prei Tlok Village,  Siem Reap, and how with support from the Feed the Future initiative, USAID was able to work with Saret and his wife to train them in sustainable agricultural intensification practices. Through this training, the couple has been able to increase the productivity of their farm immensely. To hear their story, check out the video!