Dr Stephanie Montgomery braved wildlife and the elements while completing her PhD on New Farming Systems for Upland Cropping in Northwest Cambodia. Her PhD was completed as part of our ACIAR project on crop and cattle systems in Cambodia. And as a reward for her outstanding research work Dr Montgomery received the University medal earlier this year.
|Dr Stephanie Montgomery with Cambodian farmers.|
|Dr Montgomery in the field.|
|Dr Montgomery and family at her graduation ceremony.|
|Dr Montgomery weighing maize residue for mulch treatments|
Sunflower is a new crop for the region and in rotation with maize produced significantly higher gross margin returns than the other rotations. Soybean is also considered an important legume to assist with the health of the rotation and in alleviating land degradation currently experienced under monoculture cropping of maize or cassava. The conversion to no-till farming in this environment is paramount and needs to occur urgently to ensure the longevity of this farming system, protection of the soil resource and stability of production.
|Sunflowers: a new crop for Cambodia.|
Stephanie is continuing to work in the region as part of her involvement in a new ACIAR project ASEM2013/003 which is investigating uptake of agricultural technologies and best practices amongst farmers in Battambang and Pailin provinces. Dr Montgomery is the Field Research Leader for this study, which is looking at agronomic techniques to increase the sustainability of cassava production whilst mitigating agroecological impacts on the natural resource base. Field research in year two of this project aims to reflect survey responses from regional farmer focus groups which the social science aspect of this project will conduct. Information will be gathered pertaining to what farmers want their farming system to look like and research implemented based on their vision.
Thesis Title: New Farming Systems for Upland Cropping in Northwest Cambodia
Award: Chancellor’s Doctoral Research Medal, UNE Armidale
URL link to publication: http://e-publications.une.edu.au/1959.11/21715