Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium (ASMC)

The Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium (ASMC), led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a sub-award under the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification at Kansas State University, funded by the USAID. The Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab (SIIL) supports collaborative research and development efforts to produce measurable impacts on reducing global hunger and poverty and improving the nutrition of smallholder farmers. The SIIL currently supports research and development in four focus countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, and SenegalThe project targets a regional approach with the overall goal of facilitating the evaluation and scales up selected transformational technologies for smallholder farmers. The emphasis is on sustainable intensification of selected agricultural value chains in Asian and West African regions with the support of innovation hubs and field hubs. In Cambodia, ASMC project focus on scaling up conservation agricultural (CA) machineries via appropriate technologies and cropping systems that were actively pursued during Phase I.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duración del proyecto
2020 - 2023
Financiado por

The project

The Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium (ASMC) in Cambodia aims to assess the performances of appropriate-scale machinery (ASM) for rice farming and diversification with fodder species (i.e., affordability, practicability, efficiency, labor saving). The project focuses on training smallholders, service providers and students on the use of ASM as well as supporting multi-stakeholder initiatives initiating a negotiation process between farmers for the individuals or collective management of fodder sources or crops diversification after wet season rice and scaling up these ASM to reach out more smallholder farmers in Cambodia.

The overall goal is to facilitate the deployment of transformational technologies from conventional technology (CT) to conservation agriculture (CA) through four main technologies including 1. no-till planter, 2. land leveler, 3. seed broadcaster and 4. cover crop, which ultimately improve food production and household income. In the meantime, this project aims to intensify smallholder farmers’ cropping systems and on-farm operations through mechanization in a sustainable manner. Sustainable intensification integrates social, economic and environmental impacts with a specific focus on easing the burden on women.


Expected Results

  • Promote private sector driven scale up and transfer of no-till technologies  
  • Promote the use of cover crops through collaboration with private sector  
  • Scale up the   technology transfer of seed broadcasters which was identified and tested in ASMC I.
  • Cultivation of 2,500 hectares of land