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  • A climate change project with triple benefits

    Prey Veng – Rain finally started to fall, as the month of May just started. That gave Mr. Phy Hoeun, a farmer, a sense of relief after having waited anxiously for the rain to feed his young rice seeds. “As long as there are some rains, there will be water in the canal to irrigate my rice field when it needs water,” he said. The 52-year-old farmer has increased rice production to up to three times per year in the past few years.

  • In Cambodia, student gardeners get hands-on lessons in climate adaptation

    Just 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.

  • Scaling-up climate adaptation measures through sub-national planning

    Imagine 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.

  • In Cambodia, villagers take entrepreneurial step in solving water woe

    Kampong Speu - First he thought about it and now he is making it happen. That is a new water distribution plan that Mr. Long Thim is overseeing in his village of Kraing Serey, in Kampong Speu province, and when it is completed by the end of 2015, more than 500 families in the neighbouring villages will have running water up to kitchen all year round.

  • Lao delegation learns organic farming tricks from Cambodian neighbors

    It 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.

  • Kuy Samoeun - a succesful model in integrated farming

    PHEAR 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.

  • Woman wins model farming award in Cambodia

    A 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).

  • Water: where small initiatives help communities thrive

    KAMPONG 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.

  • Diversified farming gives villagers hope for better livelihoods

    Preah 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.

  • Women at the core of protecting forests, reducing carbon emissions

    KAMPONG 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.