Welcome to the blog the 2016 Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Teams (SMART) project to Kirirom Food Production Co., Ltd in Cambodia.
The Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Teams (SMART) Program brings together teams of students and faculty at Cornell University from diverse disciplines and pairs them with companies, organizations, or community groups located in developing countries. The teams work on well-defined assignments that challenge students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in real world settings. Read more about the SMART Program
Kirirom Food Production Co., Ltd began growing mangos in 2002. In 2013 the company built a 5,000 m2 state of the art dried fruit processing factory in Kirirom, Cambodia. The company's mission is to optimize the usefulness of fruit production, especially mango, and to contribute to increased incomes in the Kirirom regional community by creating a sustainable market for mango and creating jobs in the company factory.
Project Description and Goals:
The project team will work with Kirirom Food Production Co., Ltd. to examine the challenges the company faces including market access, international competition for dried fruits, and accessing raw materials for processing. The team will conclude the project by writing a case study of the company.