FAO in Cambodia


 To realize the potential of vegetable production, a reliable access to quality seeds adapted to the conditions of Cambodia is a necessity – and therefore developing the local capacity for vegetable research is a priority. A well-working research station has the potential to increase the domestic production of vegetables and enhance food and nutrition security at the local level. An improved vegetable production will have positive impacts on both nutrition and income, as vegetables are typically more nutritious and have a higher market price than rice. FAO interventions will focus on building the capacity of the existing Khbal Koh Vegetable Research Station.

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Almost every year, floods and droughts cause significant losses and damages to agriculture in Cambodia. This not only threatens the food and nutrition security of thousands of smallholder farmers, but also reduces livelihood security. The effects of climate change will put the food system under additional stress. The DIPECHO funded project will contribute to minimizing these effects though integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into the MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) Climate Change Priorities Action Plan for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 2014-2018, and developing a Plan of Action for DRR in agriculture for Oddar Meanchey province as well as testing and disseminating climate- and disaster-resilient farming practices in both target provinces, Kampong Speu and Oddar Meanchey. Besides, though the project small-scaled irrigation systems in Kampong Speu province shall be rehabilitated.

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Changes in farming systems coupled with increased deforestation rates and agriculture encroachment in the upper reaches of watersheds greatly reduces vital ecosystem services such as temperature regulation, water quality and retention, erosion control, and flood and drought severity reduction for farmers, whose livelihoods depend on water for survival. Thousands of farmers across the country are not prepared to defend themselves from the impending climate change crisis nor do they have the skills and tools needed for integrated ecosystem management. This project addresses efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change in rural communities of Cambodia, through the development of watershed management plans in all target landscapes, assistance to replant vegetation and trees along streams, rivers, and forested areas, as well as building small scale water retention and irrigation structures. Through Farmer Field Schools, resilient climate adaptation agriculture practices are taught to farmers to become more food secure and less vulnerable to climate change.

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Community Fish Refuges (CFRs) take advantage of flooded rice fields: During the monsoon season, flood water from the Tonle Sap Lake and the Mekong River transform up to 2 000 000 hectares of rice fields into fishing grounds.  As the water recedes during the dry season, fish refuges, which become disconnected from other water bodies, act as breeding grounds until the next monsoon. FAO aims to support local authorites and communities to establish the efficient, sustainable management practices that will allow CFRs to reach their full potential as an alternative to wild catch fisheries.

Globalization and climate change put new threats to the prevention of animal diseases, with pests likely to spread at an increasing pace and enter new regions, posing a threat to food security. The livestock sector requires support from well trained veterinarians experienced in prevention of and response to zoonotic diseases, in addition to animal breeding, nutrition and husbandry. FAO will support the newly created Royal Faculty of Veterninary Medicine in the creation of an enhanced curriculum to address these needs.

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