Project Manager – Home Garden Scaling, Cambodia
East and Southeast Asia/Oceania
Master of Sustainable Agriculture, University of Sydney, Australia
Stuart Brown (Australia) is the Project Manager of the Home Garden Scaling Project in Cambodia. The project aims to improve nutrition of small children and income of smallholder women farmers of child-bearing age through seed kit distribution and growing nutrient-rich vegetables. Stuart has worked in Southeast Asia with a focus on Cambodia for more than 6 years and was previously a research scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia for 12 years.
He began his extended period in Southeast Asia analysing upland cropping systems value chains in western Cambodia before moving to private sector consultancies in Lao PDR, Thailand, Indonesia and Timor Leste while maintaining a focus on Cambodia. Prior to joining AVRDC, Stuart contributed his knowledge of Cambodian agriculture to major horticulture program designs for the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC) and the New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) in collaboration with International Development Enterprises (iDE). In addition, Stuart’s knowledge of information communication technology for agriculture led him to develop a novel pest and disease identification mobile application for rice farming systems in conjunction with the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Cambodian Agricultural Value Chain (CAVAC) program as well as a rice farming expert system under consultancy with the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV).