Vitou Sam

Vitou Sam from Cambodia holds a BSc in Forestry from the Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 1995 and a DiplÔme d’Etude Approfondi en Sciences Agronomic et Biology, nowadays is equivalence to MSc in Agriculture and Biology from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium in 2006.

He works with CEDAC (Centre d'Etude et de Développement Agricole Cambodgien / Cambodian Centre for Study and Development in Agriculture) for 20 years.  Since the beginning of working at CEDAC as an agriculture extension worker, he involved in many actions with farmers in doing System of Rice Intensification (SRI) experimentation and documentation of farmer experiences.

Between 2006 and 2011 Vitou Sam worked as overall coordinator of the Prolinnova–Cambodia which is a network promoting local innovation and indigenous knowledge within Cambodia and Prolinnova International based in the Netherland and also as a Director of CEDAC Institute for Local Development (CILD), a CEDAC department that mainly provides capacity building to youth, farmer promoters and farmer leaders in participatory approaches, agriculture and rural development. As coordinator of Prolinnova–Cambodia, he facilitates multi-stakeholder platform building and institutionalisation of participatory approaches into agricultural research and development.

From 2012 to 2013, he was the Director of Local Development Program of CEDAC which is the department to promote agro-ecology, climate resilience agriculture and agriculture value chain.

He is also involved in teaching, training and project development/management in the areas of sustainable agriculture, participatory M&E and participatory innovation development (PID). He also works on integrating PID into institutions of higher education in agriculture and rural development.

The CEDAC General Assemble voted for him to be the Executive Director since 01 January 2014.