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  • Scaling-up climate adaptation measures through sub-national planningScaling-up climate adaptation measures through sub-national planningMay 7, 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.

  • Saving palm sugar business one stove at a timeSaving palm sugar business one stove at a timeMay 7, 2015Kampong Chhnang – Making palm sugar is an occupation that many Cambodian villagers do after rice harvest to earn additional income. Twice daily, men scale up and down palm trees to tap the juice to boil down in giant pots to extract concentrated sugar.

  • Drip irrigation helps address villagers’ farming challengesDrip irrigation helps address villagers’ farming challengesMay 7, 2015Siem Reap – It was mid-afternoon and Ms. Sim Eang, 42, was preparing to water the eggplants she is growing in her front lawn. Normally, she would make rounds of carry buckets of water on her shoulder to feed the plants, but not anymore.

  • Diversified farming gives villagers hope for better livelihoodsDiversified farming gives villagers hope for better livelihoodsMay 7, 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.

  • Backyard fish farm – an answer to food insecurity in rural areasBackyard fish farm – an answer to food insecurity in rural areasMay 7, 2015SIEM REAP – In the past when he needed fish for his wife to cook food, Mr. Say Sorn would fetch a net to cast in the canal in his village. These days he can just get it right from his backyard – a landscape occupied by a giant water filtration tank, hatching containers, and 12 fish ponds holding altogether about three tons of fish. Welcome to Mr. Say Sorn’s fish farm – a positive model of how family fish breeding like his can help ensure food security for the rural population in Cambodia.

  • Women at the core of protecting forests, reducing carbon emissionsWomen at the core of protecting forests, reducing carbon emissionsMay 7, 2015KAMPONG 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.

  • Crop diversification builds stronger communities to tackle climate changeCrop diversification builds stronger communities to tackle climate changeMay 7, 2015Preah Vihear– The sun has just emerged in the horizon but Cambodian farmer Tum Heng was already working in full swing in his vegetable garden. After watering the vegetables, he made his rounds fetching cow manure to spread on newly paved rows where yard-long bean and cucumber were going to be on.

  • Villagers’ delight over restored water reservoir to boost farmingVillagers’ delight over restored water reservoir to boost farmingMay 7, 2015Svay Rieng – For the first time in nearly a decade, Neang Tey and her fellow villagers are able to grow rice two times per season in Tuol Sdey commune, Svay Rieng province.

  • Village’s savings group keeps livelihoods afloatVillage’s savings group keeps livelihoods afloatMay 7, 2015Koh Kong – Fisherman Srun Bun Thuon saw his family’s life hopelessly crumble seven years ago when the fisherman had to sell off his house to repay a microfinance debt. “Even our daughter’s earrings were not spared. I took them off her ears to sell to pay off the debt,” the fisherman’s wife, Nhek Sophy, said, recalling the family’s misfortune in 2007.

  • Solar panels bring lights to rural homesSolar panels bring lights to rural homesMay 7, 2015KAMPONG CHHNANG – Using generator to recharge car batteries is the common method of how rural households that still remain off the national grid get electricity. But in Kampong Chhnang province, the utility has just gotten a little hi-tech.