In Cambodia, student gardeners get hands-on lessons in climate adaptationMay 4, 2015Just one month after vegetable seeds were provided to the school director and teachers, Kok Srolao Primary School compound is now lush and green. Packing rice from home, some students and teachers come to school in the early morning to make breakfast with vegetables grown in the schoolyard.
Lao delegation learns organic farming tricks from Cambodian neighborsMay 4, 2015It was time for lunch but the Laotian guests still kept asking questions and busy jotting down notes about formula for making organic pesticide and fertilizer. Their Cambodian host, Ms. Kuy Sameun showed no sign of tiredness either as she, a model integrated farmer, told them all the tricks of organic farming they wanted to know.
Scaling-up climate adaptation measures through sub-national planningApr 8, 2015Imagine a life in a village which faces extreme water shortage at least five months a year. To survive, the residents have to make daily six kilometer round trip to get water from an artificial reservoir created by a construction company that had carved out the earth to build road.
Woman wins model farming award in CambodiaApr 8, 2015A Cambodian woman who used to rely on doing odd jobs for a living has become one of the top five winners in the latest round of farming competition organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).
Kuy Samoeun - a succesful model in integrated farmingMay 4, 2015PHEAR VIHEAR – To a group of eight villagers Ms. Kuy Samoeun explained how to make organic pesticide cocktail to prevent bugs from destroying vegetables. On a wooden bed in front of them were a dozen types of natural ingredients that included wild roots, garlic, lemon grass, chili, ginger, and tobacco.
Diversified farming gives villagers hope for better livelihoodsApr 8, 2015Preah Vihear - Despite the scorching heat, Ms. Roun March kept toiling in the vegetable garden, her face protected from the sun by a large rim of the hat she was wearing.
"I used to earn a living by laboring in the rice field for other people. It is an unstable job where you become jobless as soon as the harvest is over," said the 48-year-old woman.
Water: where small initiatives help communities thriveOct 13, 2014KAMPONG SPEU - Sao Bin, a 38-year-old farmer province, used to walk three kilometers every day to collect water for drinking, cooking and washing. These days, he has access to clean water since his house was connected to a pipe system in 2013.
In Chambok commune, Kampong Speu province, some 630 homes now have access to round-the-clock running water. More than 3,000 villagers who, until recently, could only afford to bathe every other day now have water.
Women at the core of protecting forests, reducing carbon emissionsOct 12, 2014KAMPONG CHHNANG - “If we have forests, we have life,” 61 year old Saing Mao harps Cambodia’s national creed as a testament to women’s increasing awareness and involvement in protecting its forests. Saing Mao, Vice Chair of her commune’s Community Forest Management Committee (CFMC), is one of hundreds of women trained through UNDP’s Sustainable Forest Management project. This initiative, funded through the Global Environment Facility, supports the Cambodian Government in implementing its priority actions in the National Forest Management Programme.
From a water scarce to a water supplier – a tale of one Cambodian villageOct 27, 2014Kampong Speu - The late morning heat was building up and Nuon Chhuon realized it’s time to give his pigs a shower.
“They need to be hosed at least three times a day to cool off,” the 69-year-old farmer said, referring to the 10 piglets that were busy competing for their mother’s milk in the pen. “My son plans on getting married and this is where he will get his wedding money from.”
Eco-tourism gives women a new lease of lifeMay 9, 2014Siem Reap – When it was her turn, Tooch Yi maneuvered her wooden boat to the dock to pick up two tourists and began paddling away. Other women paddlers followed suit in an orderly fashion to give visitors a tour of the flooded forest in Kampong Phluk commune in northern Cambodia.