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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Four pillars: agriculture / UNFAO expert on how Cambodian farmers can thrive

Posted on: April 29, 2018 | Special Reports

Alexandre Huynh, the Cambodia representative of the UN’s food and agriculture organisation, discusses the challenges facing farmers and the wider industry in Cambodia

Alexandre Huynh says that diversification of agriculture is key for Cambodia

What are the main challenges facing Cambodia’s agricultural industry?
Despite significant progress made over the past decade, the agricultural sector in Cambodia still lags behind neighbouring countries. The key challenges are: low productivity due to the sector’s dependency on rain-fed systems, poor farm management practices and high production costs; inconsistent supply of produce due to reliance on rain-fed agriculture; limited access to new knowledge and skills for farmers; inadequate market access; and price fluctuations due to the country’s limited processing activities and disorganised and fragmented value chains for agricultural products.

These challenges are compounded by the fact that, between 1994 and 2013, Cambodia was among the 15 countries most affected by climate change in the world. Agriculture is highly vulnerable to disaster and climate change risks, and farmers are struggling to cope with the changing climate due to poor knowledge, poverty, lack of technical support and a reliance on rain fed-systems.

What should be done to overcome these challenges?
We are currently working with the Royal Government of Cambodia on a number of key areas. One of the main challenges we are addressing is low productivity, which we are helping to overcome by intensifying the country’s agricultural sector in a sustainable way. This involves increasing the accessibility and affordability of good quality seeds and other inputs for farmers, improving the country’s irrigation system and enhancing agricultural extension by developing farmer field schools focused on climate-smart agriculture. To increase the competitiveness of the industry, we are promoting agro-processing and value chain development while ensuring natural resources are managed sustainably.

In order to improve its chances of overcoming its challenges, the agriculture sector also needs to improve its organisation. To this end, we are fostering greater cooperation between stakeholders through technical working groups and other high-level forums and collecting and analysing data, as typified by the 2013 Census of Agriculture.

Equally important are promoting technological advancements and capacity-building, both of which support the production, processing and marketing of agricultural products.

How important is it for rice farmers to diversify their crop production/begin producing higher value products?
Increased productivity, diversification and commercialisation of agriculture, including livestock and aquaculture, are core objectives of FAO Cambodia. Not only are these strategies important for poverty reduction, they also help to achieve food and nutrition security by improving diets and, consequently, reducing rates of malnutrition.

To what extent is Cambodia’s approach to economic development skewed towards urban centres?
If we examine the policy guidance for economic and social development in Cambodia, we can see that there is a high priority accorded to the agricultural sector.

But there is a case for increasing investment in the sector, because it has great potential and, without this investment, the sector will slip behind other areas. There is also a pressing need to address the issue of malnutrition in Cambodia, and the agricultural sector has a vital role to play in this regard. Indeed, there is a strong economic argument for investments in nutrition to ensure the wellbeing of a productive population.

This article was first published in Globe Media Asia’s Focus Cambodia 2018 magazine