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  • A climate change project with triple benefitsA climate change project with triple benefitsJun 29, 2015Prey 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, villagers take entrepreneurial step in solving water woeIn Cambodia, villagers take entrepreneurial step in solving water woeJun 24, 2015Kampong 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.

  • 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.