Program Funding Status

Funding Still Needed: $44,434

Program Details

Cambodia South
Churches for Community Transformation

FRB Members Supporting this Program

Cambodia South

Agriculture continues to play an important role in Cambodia’s economy, but it provides a livelihood’s role for a smaller proportion of today’s population than it did in the past. A study from the Agriculture Ministry released in June 2017 found that around 40 percent of the population work in farming, down from about 80 percent in 1993. Many farmers, both men and women of prime working age, are now working in garment factories and construction. The resulting increased cash that now circulates in the villages from off-farm income raises the opportunity for families to invest in improving their agricultural capacity. The increase in urban family incomes has also increased the demand for poultry and other animal sources of nutrition as well as for quality vegetables. Yet, while poverty continues to fall in Cambodia, about 90% of the poor still live in the countryside, and the vast majority of families who escaped poverty did so by a small margin. They are still vulnerable to falling back into poverty if exposed to economic fluctuations and other external shocks.

A recent evaluation found that a multi-purpose farm approach is effective to improve household food security and income, through soil restoration by incorporating compost, bio-char, liquid fertilizer, and mulching that improve soil conditions. These activities are combined with improved irrigation systems, that are an efficient way to irrigate crops, providing an extended growing season, and through increased knowledge of controlling pests on vegetables and on chicken diseases. As participating households have been consistently producing more than is needed for the family, they have been able to sell in the markets in their local area. There have been a few cases in which farmers have started to sell at district town markets. These are positive initial steps for them so to continue improving their market linkage systems.
Reliable market access boosts productivity, increases incomes, and strengthen food security. It can contribute to reducing poverty and hunger for producing families and their communities, if appropriate measures are taken to reduce market risks and unequal market power. Across Cambodia, there are emerging markets of organic and chemical-free foods, as more private companies/entrepreneurs and NGOs run food stores and market facilitation programs that promote organic, chemical-free, and GAP-certified foods. There is an opportunity for World Renew to connect with these initiatives in order to improve the incomes of farmers.

The goal of this program is to improve food security and income for rural farming households in Cambodia through making markets work for the poor, including practicing sustainable intensification farming systems, and moving the producers (farmers) up the value chain.

This will be accomplished by:
● Increasing the diversity of farm production
● Enhancing the value chain of agricultural products
● Improving access to markets for the poor and vulnerable farmers
● Adding or improving water storage and irrigation systems
● Soil fertility improvement

World Renew will build on the lessons learned and achievements from its previous program to focus efforts on making markets work for the poor, supporting 300 Advanced Farmer Group members and 500 Basic Farmer Group members.

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