THE TONLE CHUM FARM & EDUCATION CENTER
The Tonle Chum Farm and Education Center is a 19-hectare (47-acre) model farm and education center in Kampong Thom province, Cambodia, 1.5 hours north of Phnom Penh. Tonle Chum means “the intersection of many rivers,” symbolizing both the vitality of the Cambodian soil and the power of smallholder farmers working in unison to improve the local agricultural supply chain.
The Tonle Chum Farm and Education Center demonstrates teaches sustainable farming practices, including sound business principles, water and soil management, and crop diversity and rotation, all in an organic, permaculture model. Beyond its role as an education resource for smallholder farmers in rural areas – where poverty and malnutrition are most concentrated – the Tonle Chum Farm and Education Center is a hub in which smallholder farmers connect with soil and water testing, organic inputs and ethical wholesalers, giving them greater access to and participation in the agricultural supply chain.
The Tonle Chum Farm and Education Center also trains area high school and university students, to excite the next generation about farming, in order to strengthen local agriculture and food security for the long term, and bring about lasting reductions in poverty and malnutrition. Its work contributes both to the Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC’s) goals of reducing Cambodia’s vegetable imports and pesticide use, and the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Sustainable Development Goals of reducing poverty, increasing food security, reducing malnutrition among women and children, reducing water-borne diseases, reducing hazardous chemicals, and reducing air, water and soil pollution and contamination.
The Tonle Chum Farm and Education Center is operated by experienced local farmers and educators and by CWC (Capax World Cambodia) Organization, a local NGO supported by Capax World, Inc. (US). It is a cornerstone of the Capax World Agri-Communities program.