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Donor representatives witnessing mine clearance effort

Battambang – There is something unnerving about treading through a mango plantation in the village of Kouk Roka in Battambang province. A roped-off dirt trail indicates the hazard underfoot: undetonated landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). Despite the indulgence of being led along a more


In Cambodia, local leaders embrace 'scorecard' as planning tool

Preah Sihanouk – At their recent meeting, Kampenh commune officials in this coastal province of Cambodia were presented with a spider graph showing status of various development indicators. In the areas of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, the commune scored 25 out of 100 points. The obtainemore


Cambodian officials complete training in cassava cultivation techniques in China

A practical implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding for Strengthened Cooperation between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and UNDP has commenced with operationalization of China-Cambodia pilot initiative on South-South cooperation. As a follow-up to the signing of the Memormore


Drip irrigation helps address villagers’ farming challenges

Siem 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. Her family is among the 25 households of people with disabilitymore


Pipe water system offers villagers a fresh start

Kampong Speu, Cambodia – There is virtually no free space left in the backyard of Kri Ven’s house. Rows of water convolvulus, cabbage, radish and sugar cane are crowding his 300-square meter land after his home got connected to a pipe water system. “I am quite happy to have my own farm to grow vegetmore


Community forestry inches closer to trade carbon credits

Oddar Meanchey – For many years, Buddhist monks and villagers here have been leading the fight to protect the forests in this northwestern part of Cambodia from illegal logging and concessions. Against all odds and pressures they have met in their mission, their efforts are now about to pay off. Thimore


Cambodian Buddhist monk wins UNDP environmental award

Holding burning incense sticks in his hands, Buddhist monk Bun Saluth chanted a ritual normally held for Cambodians seeking good luck. But this time the subject blessed by his holy water was not a person. It was a three-metre python he bought from a farmer who was about to sell it as food. “Go, go, more


Eco-tourism gives women a new lease on life

Siem 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. In this floodemore


Women deminers take on a man’s job

They’re young, female and fearless. Meet the deminers who boldly take risks by clearing landmines in the most contaminated areas in Cambodia. Ruot Sreyla is 24 and mother to a three-year old boy. Five years ago, she lived in Pursat Province, tilling farmland for a daily wage of KHR 12,000 ($3). Whenmore


Safer ground: where crops, not landmines, are planted

For many small hold farmers in western Cambodia, farming can be a risky business. Not only are landmines and explosive remnants of war a safety hazard, but they also hinder agricultural productivity which is often a ticket to a better income and greater food security for poor families. In Banteay Memore

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