Learn more about our organisation and our team
SMP supports agricultural livelihoods and provides an alternative to destructive activities like logging and poaching, our work is an essential component of biodiversity conservation efforts.
Sansom Mlup Prey Organization (SMP) is a local Cambodian non-governmental organization that focuses on developing sustainable, organic, and wildlife-friendly agricultural systems in rural communities in Cambodia. SMP was founded in 2009 by the Wildlife Conservation Society. SMP’s founding mandate was to help establish the cultivation of premium-quality, organic rice in remote communities inside the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia’s northwestern province of Preah Vihear through the IBIS Rice Program.
Since that time, SMP has helped expand the IBIS Rice Program to other protected areas in Cambodia like the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary and the Siem Pang National Park in Stung Treng Province, and the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province.
SMP also uses our agronomic and community development expertise to implement the Sustainable Rice Platform in Kampong Thom province in communities located near the Bengal Florican conservation area. SMP believes that the ability for rural households to earn living incomes from responsible agricultural practices is a fundamental prerequisite to wildlife conservation in contemporary Cambodia. That’s why our approach to livelihoods and community development always involve private-sector partners to ensure farmers have market access for their products.
We envision a Cambodia where rural communities earn decent, living incomes while actively preserving their biocultural heritage, protecting the integrity and composition of surrounding ecosystems, and sustainably managing natural resource use.
Our mandate is to work with farming households living in and around critical ecosystems to develop and support sustainable, organic, and wildlife-friendly agricultural practices that provide meaningful employment alternatives to poaching and the damaging exploitation of natural resources. We sustain all our interventions with a market focus, connecting agricultural products produced by communities with domestic and international consumers.
Meet the team
Mr. Keo Socheat
Socheat is an Executive Director, of Sansom Mlup Prey Organization in Cambodia and an SRP-authorized trainer. He holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Rural Development in Tropic and Sub-tropic Area from the University of Life Sciences Prague in the Czech Republic. He specializes in rural social economic research, sustainable farming system project design, develop climate change adaptation and mitigation plan in agriculture sector, and establish agriculture extension strategy. He experiences working as a rural social economic researcher at the Royal University of Agriculture for 4 years, developing grassroots implementation of SRP standards in Cambodia for 7years in 4 provinces (Kampong Thom, Battambang, Pursat, and Siem Reap) around Tonlesap Biosphere Reserve with multi-different stakeholders (WCS, BRICO, VSO and Mars Food) and maintaining with expansion supply chain of organic wildlife friendly rice (Ibis rice) project implementation working with different conservation organizations (WCS, Conservation International, Nature Life, Rising Pheonix, and Birdlife International).
Dr. Chan Sambath
Operations & WEE Manager
Sambath Chan is working for the Samsom Mlup Prey organization (SMPO) as an operations manager and Women’s Economic Empowerment Specialist. He has a PhD in Environmental Anthropology and community base adaptation on climate change from THABASCA University, Alberta, Canada and a Master from Concordia University, Montreal, CANADA. His professional working interests include, indigenous and minorities livelihood, ethnographic research on climate change adaptation and resilience, gender and women’s economic empowerment trends and application for the international development mandate. Sambath has taught Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and taught Economic Anthropology at the Royal Fine Arts University in Phnom Penh.
Mr. Lay Chansetha
Compliance and Data Manager
Ms. Long Lida
Head of Finance
Lida has been joining SMP since 2017 and currently she is the Head of Finance at the Organisation with responsibility for budget monitoring, preparing financial reports to donors, overseeing audit, conducting proposal budget and developing annual budget.
She completed a Bachelor degree of accounting from Royal University of Law and Economic (RULE) in 2013. Before joining SMP, she served as accountant officer and administrator at several companies.
Mr. Doung Taingkou
Project Coordinator-Preah Vihear
DOUNG Taingkou has been working as a project coordinator for the SMP organizations based in Preah Vihear Province 2019; he was a community officer with us since 2017. Taingkou worked as a community outreach officer for WCS Cambodia in 2015. He held a bachelor’s degree in land management and land administration (LMLA) at the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA). During his 6 years with WCS Cambodia and SMP Organization, he experienced in Participatory Land Use Planning and established the Community Protected Areas (CPA). In his current role, he has been providing the capacity building to Village Market Networking’s committee as well as other members to improve their knowledge and sustainable organic agriculture. He especially worked with the community and local authorities to improve people’s livelihood and sanctuary conservation.
Mr. Um Sam Ol
Project Coordinator-Prey Lang
Oum Sam Ol is a Project Coordinator of SMP Organization base in Stung Treng province. He first joined SMP in Preah Vihear province back in 2012, then moved to his current place in 2019. Sam Ol graduated as a Young Leader at the Cambodian Center for Agricultural Studies & Development; he later earned a Bachelor degree of Management from the Angkor Institute. He experienced working as CEDAC Organic Rice Community Officer for four years in 2012. He used to work as the facilitator of the Rice Cultivation base on Natural Principles and was also a founder of the Rice Production Group.
Mr. Theng Thara
Project Coordinator-Kampong Thom
Mr. Theng Thara Thara graduated from the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), with bachelor’s degree is Agronomy Science. Thara worked as a Project coordinator at SMP Organization in 2019. Thara is running a project of Sustainable Rice Platform which is the core related to Women’s Economic Empowerment in the area. He is responsible for promoting sustainable agriculture, building relationships with community stakeholder and assisting supply chain operation. Thara coordinate all activities in Kampong Thom including oversee the work of agronomies and the project in general.
Mr. Pol SamAth
Mr. Pol SamAth was recently promoted as a Project Coordinator at SMP in Ratanakiri Province early 2021. He actually started with SMP back in 2019 as an agronomy officer based in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary. SamAth graduated at Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), Faculty of Forestry, Bachelor of Science in Forestry. He also pursued his other Bachelor degree in public law at the Royal University of Law and Economic (RULE). His degrees and experiences over 20 years have given him not only to understand, but also to discover best practices in countless obstacles working directly with community people, local authorities, and stakeholders.
Mr. Chy Kalayan
Project Coordinator-Seim Pang
Chy Kalyan is 30 years old, before coming to SMP, Kalyan was a project coordinator at an International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) for 4 years. He joined with SMP in 2019 in Siem Pang district, Stung Treng province as an agronomist back then and currently is a project coordinator. He graduated from Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear (CSUK) majoring in Rural Development. Kalyan said, “I will use my experience to work with the community to help them gain a better understanding of the conservation of wildlife and forests in the area and to boost their livelihood by participating in SMP’s Project.
Mr. HENGLY VONGRITH
Project Coordinator- Mondulkiri
Mr. Hengly Vongrith has been working with SMP Organization as a project coordinator in 2020. He Mr. Vongrith got impressive educational experienced from different countries. He completed the course of Electricity Network in lightning from Ukraine Republic, the Techniques of Construction from Saigon- Vietnam, Development Organization at International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) at Silang Cavité, Philippines and Self-Help Group (SHG) at Karnataka state, South India in 2015. He got involved with different work experience since 1993 and getting around the work with the local NGO in Cambodia before coming to SMP. Mr. Vongrith is unique, he is able to speak four other languages beside Khmer, those are English, French, Russian and Vietnamese.
Mr. Suos Vuthy
National Agronomy Coordinator
Before starting a National agronomy coordinator, Vuthy spent more than 8 years as a provincial agronomist coordinator and extension coordinator at Conservation agriculture service center. His experience-on research of farming system analysis and adoption / perception of Agroecology and conservation agriculture for the farmers. Other he is designing agroecology/conservation agriculture/climate smart agriculture-based cropping systems and farming systems, coordination of scaling up / promotion of AE/CA among farmers with engagement of other stakeholders in particular private sectors e.g. service providers.
Based on above experience, he will closely match the SMP mission and help IBIS farmers to improve livelihoods and environment inside and around protected areas.
Mr. Math Kreya
Prior to joining SMP, Kreya has almost 5 years’ experience in NGO and private sectors in Cambodia mainly in the area of Communication, Marketing and M&E.
He earned his Bachelor degree in Mass communication from Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC) in 2017. He also holds Master degree in communication from International Islamic University Malaysia IIUM.
Ms. Mas Teyaorm
Development and Comms Officer
Teyaorm has been working in INGO and NGOs for almost 9 years. She earned a bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of Cambodia (UC). Besides professional experiences, she engage in different things such as a mentor for Weaving Women’s Leadership for Change; moreover, she was also selected to participate in YSEALI-Women Leadership Academy 2020. She is one of the US Embassy alumni who participated in exchange programs and travel to the United States and Indonesia. Lately, she started her own blog with the intention to provide space for readers to let go of their emotions, anxiety and seek for self-improvement.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia