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Recovery efforts helping ease the plight of flood affected communities

Cambodia was hit by devastating floods in 2013. A combination of heavy rain and the swelling of the Mekong River water caused substantial damages to infrastructure and crop, disrupting livelihoods of many poor Cambodians in the countryside. “It was very difficult for me to go to the district hospitamore

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Stripped of landmines, land bears fruit

For more than a decade, Khit Sarin and her neighbors lived on a strip of land suspected to be contaminated with landmines in Pailin province. Without enough resources to settle in a safer area, they decided to risk it and stayed on. When a landmine exploded one day in Sarin’s backyard and killed hermore

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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De-mining transforms former battleground into field of hope

Battambang – Farmer Prak Chrin paced slowly as she dropped green bean seeds into shallow holes on the ground. Nearby, her son, a hoe in his hands, was carving up the holes for the seeds in the family’s new farmland in a far-flung northwestern part of Cambodia. Two years ago the field was once a shrumore

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