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Project in Cambodia

Improved Pig Health and Nutrition: The Major Drivers of Profitability and Sustainability for Smallholder Farmers in Cambodia

Timeframe: July 2017 - May 2019

Funding: USAID

Principal investigator (PI) and lead institution

Michael Tokach, Kansas State University

Co-PI and collaborator institutions


In Khmer language:

Project Plan

Kansas State University and Cambodia's Royal University of Agriculture have partnered to develop the following project goal: to improve pig productivity on Cambodian smallholder farms by targeting two major factors that contribute to pig health: disease management and nutrition. This overall objective will be achieved through two research objectives that have been combined with an approach of human and institutional capacity development that targets education and training.

Expected results will include the development of new pig diet options using locally available feed resources, an assessment of smallholder disease management strategies for reducing pig morbidity and mortality (this includes both preventative and therapeutic strategies), and education and training platforms that seek to expand stakeholder knowledge and understanding of pig disease management and nutrition (e.g. seasonal impacts on dietary needs, nutrition for growing pigs, biosecurity, vaccines, and treatment strategies). This proposed work will be established through the engagement of collaborations from four areas of influence; (1) USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs, (2) Cambodian University System (3) private industry partners, and (4) regional and local government programs. Our multi-institutional team will fully engage in these Cambodian-led collaborations, in order to develop project success and sustainability. Finally, all proposed work will seek to integrate three cross-cutting themes: 1) human nutrition, 2) gender sensitivity, and 3) human and institutional capacity development.

The project aims to accomplish its main goal through the implementation of the following objectives:

  • Objective 1: Assess the nutrition composition of locally available feed resources in rural and peri-urban Cambodia and provide economical diet options and recommendations to smallholder farmers.
  • Objective 2: Assess the current disease management strategies on smallholder farms and in rural and peri-urban communities in Cambodia and provide practical recommendations for improved pig health outcomes.

More Information

 October 2020 research update TOKACH VGM (Virtual General Meeting)

In Khmer language:

Six in-depth training Presentations for farmers and for Village Animal Health Workers on pig health, nutrition, disease, and record keeping, in Khmer language:

  1. Pig Health: Diseases and Prevention I
  2. Pig Health: Diseases and Prevention II
  3. Pig Health: Diseases and Prevention III
  4. Swine Feed and Feeding
  5. Swine Diseases in Cambodia: reducing the risk of disease, preventing
  6. Recording keeping and calculating the economic for pig production

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems is part of Feed the Future

This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience, Environment and Food Security under Agreement # AID-OAA-L-15-00003 as part of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Additional funding was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation OPP#060115.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.