SIM Sokcheng

Senior Research Fellow and Director Center

Mr Sim Sokcheng is currently the Director and a Research Fellow in the Center for policy research in agriculture and rural development of CDRI. He has joined CDRI since 2013 as a research associate. He has extensive experience on leading and managing various research projects and doing research on agriculture, economic development, programme impact evaluation, particularly research survey with rural farmers. Mr. Sokcheng is a Ph.D. candidate and hold a master’s degree in Economics majoring in Development Economics from Kobe University, Japan. Current research highlights include research on promoting sustainable and inclusive agricultural development through public-private partnerships (PPPs) in agriculture and impact evaluation for community-based childcare for garment factory workers.

Email : simsokcheng@cdri.org.kh


SIM Sokcheng


Working Papers 144

In this study, we examine the revenue, costs, profits and technical efficiency of chilli farms in Cambodia. We employ a representative sample of 542 chilli farming households from Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Cham, Tboung Khmum and Kandal. The sample was randomly selected using a two-stage stratified sampling design, where...

Working Papers 128

Pesticides are agricultural technologies that farmers use to control pests and weeds and remain an important modern input for crop production including vegetable farming. There are many types of pesticides, such as insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides and herbicides, that target different threats to crops. While the potential production benefits...

International Publications 105593

Growing rural-to-urban and international migration flows have sparked concerns about the investments in the education of the children left behind in Cambodia. We draw on a panel household-level survey conducted in rural villages in 2014 and 2017 to analyse the relationship between parental migration and children’s schooling. The analysis shows that...

Cambodia Development Review 25 - 1

Pesticides are agricultural technologies that farmers use to control pests and weeds and remain an important modern input for crop production including vegetable farming. There are many types of pesticides, such as insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides and herbicides, that target different threats to crops. While the potential production benefits...

Research Reports

This study is a part of the UN Joint Programme through which the UNDP seeks to examine the relationship between the economic/monetary returns of investments in education and technical vocational education and training (TVET) at individual, household and national levels. The overall objectives of the study are (1) to estimate the rate of return at t...

Research Reports 17

This report reviews a project funded under the research program called “Scale up of Homestead Food Production for Improved Nutrition in Cambodia”, also known as “Family Farms for the Future (FF4F)”. The project tries to capture FF4F’s immediate and potential contribution to food security. FF4F aims to help three main groups: large-scale producers o...

Working Papers 113

There are many studies about rice production in Cambodia, but none focus on the geographical location of rice production, particularly in the south-eastern provinces of Prey Veng, Takeo and Svay Rieng. Farmers in these areas produce mainly low-value rice (IR504) most of which is exported as wet paddy to Vietnam. The Vietnamese government recently d...

Research Reports 16

This study examines the benefits, risks and costs of changing from flood recession to intensive irrigated agriculture in Cambodia. Methods used include food supply calculation, nutritional supply estimation, potential production area projection, water use estimation, and energy consumption estimation. Three scenarios were designed to model current...


This two-year project builds upon previous PRCI initiatives in Southeast Asia, addressing the urgent need for advanced economic policy analysis skills in the Mekong subregion's agri-food system, which includes Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The project aims to bridge the expertise gap identified by regional partners and boost research capac...


Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research, Capacity, and Influence (PRCI) is a project funded by USAID to enhance the ability of local policy research organizations to conduct high-quality food security policy research and influence food security policy more effectively while becoming increasingly self-reliant. Since 20...


Recognize the important of improving the nutrition and education of children, Cambodia government is implementing school feeding program collaboratively with local and international NGOs. The implementation of this program will improve food security, education, health and nutrition, local economy and agriculture, partnership and coordination across...


Chilies are one of the most important and widely consumed spices in Cambodia, as well as a source of income for many smallholder farmers. However, chilies production faces several challenges, such as low productivity, high input costs, pest and disease outbreaks, lack of quality seeds and planting materials, poor post-harvest handling and marketing...


Cassava is a key agricultural commodity in Cambodia, where it ranks second only to rice in terms of production and consumption. The cassava sector in Cambodia offers significant opportunities for improving food security, rural livelihoods, and bioenergy development. However, the sector faces several post-harvest challenges that affect its quality a...


Agriculture remains significant for Cambodia's economic growth, although the share of GDP and employment has declined in recent years. ​Agricultural export value has increased from 566 million USD in 2016 to 1,693 million USD in 2021, making its share of total exports​reach 9.64 percent in 2021. China has been one of the main exporting destinations...


The World Bank project on “Evidence Based Policy Study: Supply and Demand Solutions for Accessibility and Affordable Childcare Services in Cambodia” examines the interlink between supply and demand for childcare services to analyze the correlation between the supply and demand for daycare centers and employment rates. This is an emerging concern...


To address urgent concerns on climate change, the CGIAR, together with its centres and development partners, is officially launching the Securing the Food Systems of Asian Mega-Deltas for Climate and Livelihood Resilience (AMD). The initiative aims to create resilient, inclusive, and productive deltas by removing systemic barriers to the scaling of...


Research on Main Innovation Model in Agriculture And Rural Development is a regional study that aims to review recent innovation models in agriculture and rural development with lessons learned for future policy improvement. 


IT for Change, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and country partners are preparing a project on “Digital Economic Integration of MSMEs in the Global South”, focusing on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, MSMEs of low-income populations have faced abrupt economic downturn in which the global consensus ev...