Cambodian Rural Development Team

Vision: "A Cambodia free of poverty and environmental degradation." Mission: "To improve food security, incomes, and living standards of subsistence rural communities in support of environmental conservation throughout Cambodia."
Mar 29, 2016

Helping People in Koh Preah with Climate change

Awareness worshop with people in Koh Preah
Awareness worshop with people in Koh Preah

Climate Change impacts are affecting Cambodians especially the rural people who rely on agriculture to make their living. Some evidence about climate change are the shift in calendars of rainy and dry seasons, increase in heat (up to 40 degree Celsius which the country has never experienced before), and the Mekong river water has seen its lowest depth. Some places are facing drought earlier than in previous years.

To begin with, in January, CRDT team in Stung Treng conducted a Vulnerability Reduction Assessment (VRA) with 29 people including 12 women from Koh Preah commune. The workshop lasted for one whole day and covered the following main topics:

  1. Awareness raising session: covered the concept of climate change, its impacts, mitigation and adaptation methods
  2. The VRA process: to find out the history of hazards and natural disasters in the past 30 years, the impacts on their lives, coping mechanisms in the past, challenges, and proposed solutions in the future

Mr. Bunheng, CRDT Project Manager in Stung Treng said “ after the workshop, we found that drought is the most hazardous problem that causes four main climate change impacts on the local communities: 1) low crop yield, 2) loss of income and capital, 3) human diseases 4) death of animals. The local people proposed solutions around water, agricultural techniques, finance and information.”

In response, CRDT set its strategic plans in 2016 to cope with the problems of climate change by focusing on building more irrigation systems, promoting innovations in water resource management, climate smart agriculture and promoting resilience of local communities by introducing more options of income sources.

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Mr. Bunheng running group discussion on VRA
Mr. Bunheng running group discussion on VRA
Koh Preah people joining the VRA
Koh Preah people joining the VRA
Hand pumped well in Koh Preah
Hand pumped well in Koh Preah
House of people in Koh Preah
House of people in Koh Preah
Home garden of people in Koh Preah
Home garden of people in Koh Preah

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Dec 31, 2015

You made a successful story in Koh Preah, Cambodia

Ms. Phan showing how to make chicken feed
Ms. Phan showing how to make chicken feed

In the last quarter, the project of CRDT has turned back from completing activities in Mondulkiri as a result of wedding donation to its livelihood activities in Koh Preah, Siembok district, Stung Treng province by strengthening capacities of our farmers. We are excited to share with all donors the results of our work in 2015 in Koh Preah commune with focusing on two main activities: rice production and chicken raising.

While expected to happen in May, the rainy season of 2015 came late until July and thus resulting in loss of capital due to re-planting, low rice yield, and late harvesting. The absence of flood also contributed to reducing rice yield. Flood did not occur and this affected some rice fields which used to rely on Mekong river water to fill in their paddy fields. Through interview and field observation, rice yield of our farmers decreased about 30% compared to last year. In response, farmers requested to have help with water access and control in rice production as they could not rely on rain feed any more.

As for chicken raising, there was a better result. Just in November alone, 39 out of 45 families as our project beneficiaries reported that they could earn more income through selling chickens to other villagers and middlemen with a total of 81 heads (approximately 2 head per family) and earned around USD 329.50 with an average of USD 8.45 per family and USD 5-6.25 per head).

A 59 year old widow, Phan reported her success with chicken raising. Saying with smile, she mentioned that “chicken had changed her living condition from year to year. In 2015, I could earn USD 1250 with an average of USD 104 per month. That income was used for daily-family needs, improving chicken’s shelter and sending my grandson to school. In addition, my family has better access to food. We ate about 30 heads of chickens this year”.                               

Climate Change is having more prominent negative impacts upon the local ways of life of rural farmers along the Mekong River while their adaptation capacities and diversities are still limited. In response, the project team will mobilize more resources and solutions to help communities adapt to this worse situation especially with drought and flood.

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 Wishing you a Happy New Year with many exciting successes.

 Thank you.

Farmers meeting monthly to save money
Farmers meeting monthly to save money
Reflection workshop on livelihood progress
Reflection workshop on livelihood progress
Home garden of villager in Koh Preah
Home garden of villager in Koh Preah
CRDT staff monitoring chicken raising progress
CRDT staff monitoring chicken raising progress
New Year wishing card from CRDT
New Year wishing card from CRDT

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Oct 7, 2015

The Community Shop in Andong Kraleung Village Suppports Farmers to Produce Happily

Meeting to discuss about Community Shop location
Meeting to discuss about Community Shop location

In the last three months, the CRDT project team in Mondulkiri Province has continued to complete the activities to support farm businesses in Andong Kraleung village. Seven meetings were conducted with the 6 farmers who raise chickens and grow vegetables in order to find out their progress and challenges in the activities. As a result, 4 out of the six families could be able to produce and sell the surplus while 2 others were able to produce for their own consumption at this stage due to lack of labor while they had to start planting rice and cassava, a popular cash crop in the village since June.

The main achievement of the project over the last three month was the success in opening a Community Shop. The community shop was built and operated in mid-August. Now our 6 farmers and other farmers in the village could bring their products to sell in this shop. They shared with each other small space in the shop and sell different products such as vegetables, chicken, porridge, meat ball, fried banana chip and groceries. Three villagers volunteered to be the shop committees and help facilitate the operation.

Channry, 27, from an indigenous Bunong tribe in Andong Kraleung village has joint as a shop committee member. She said “I am very happy for starting my first business in this shop where I brought my vegetables and chickens to sell to other villagers and travelers. My family’s members are now very busy with our shared responsibilities to produce things to sell. In the beggining, I was so worried but now my business is going very well. In September alone I earned about 250 USD, of which 20% is the net profit. My next plan is to increase our farming activities so that I will earn more. I am not worried about where to sell the products anymore. The shop is close to my house and it is very convenient and open to everyone who have the products to sell.”

The community in Andong Kraleung would like to express deep thanks to the project donors especially Christina and Will for supporting them to have additional occupations, income and improvement in the village. Your next donation is needed to expand the shop space and support some villagers who lack start-up capital to start their businesses too. Thank you.

Channry at Community Shop under construction
Channry at Community Shop under construction
Community shop ready to operate
Community shop ready to operate
Villagers gathered at the shop
Villagers gathered at the shop
Vegetable farm of Channry
Vegetable farm of Channry
Chicken farm of Channry
Chicken farm of Channry

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