The Seima Forest is one of the most important forest areas remaining in Cambodia, both as the traditional homeland for indigenous Phnong people, and as an area of exceptional biodiversity. However, the food security of communities in the forest remain dangerously low. Families subsist on what they grow for only 1-6 months of the year. The rest of the year they depend on the forest for food. The population is therefore extremely vulnerable to changes in natural resource availability and climate.
The project will increase food security of 4 communities and reduce dependency on forest resources. Materials and training for sustainable livelihoods (vegetable growing, chicken-raising and fish-raising) will be provided to 15 farmers' groups.
225 phnong families living in the Seima forest will have increased food security. Natural resource dependency and vulnerability will be reduced, which will result in the sustainable management and conservation of this important primary forest