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Nutrition-sensitive agriculture is an approach that seeks to ensure the production of a variety of affordable, nutritious, culturally appropriate and safe foods, in adequate quantity and quality, to meet the dietary requirements of populations in a sustainable manner. The recognition that addressing nutrition requires taking action at all stages of the food chain – from production, processing, and retail to consumption – has led to a broader focus which encompasses the entire food system.

The TEN THEMES FOR NUTRITION-SENSITIVE AGRICULTURE IN CAMBOIDA were identified by experts in the fields of agriculture, nutrition and development as critical aspects of nutrition-sensitive agriculture in Cambodia. The themes reflect the common elements of nutrition-sensitive agriculture, drawn from experience over many years and across many agencies. These themes also help us to understand the unifying principals guiding nutrition-sensitive agriculture.


"Future Smart Food: Rediscovering Hidden Treasures of Neglected & Underutilized Species for Zero Hunger in Asia" recommends reinvigorating production, marketing and consumption of Future Smart Food to promote agriculture and diet diversification and enhance food security and nutrition.

FAO considers that neglected and underutilized species (NUS) have a central role to play in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, and that they are currently being overlooked. Today, just 103 out of the nearly 30,000 edible plant species worldwide provide up to 90 percent of the calories in the human diet. NUS are very rich in Asia. To tap the potentials of NUS, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has launched a Future Smart Food Initiative, in collaboration with 30 national and international organizations, as part of its Regional Initiative on Zero Hunger.

The purpose of this publication is: i) to demonstrate the multidimensional benefits of Neglected and Underutilized species (NUS) and their potential contribution to achieving Zero Hunger; ii) to identify promising NUS that are nutrition-dense, climate-resilient, economically-viable and locally available or adaptable as FSF; iii) to highlight the challenges and opportunities for harnessing these less-mainstream food crops encounters; and iv) to provide strategic recommendations to create an enabling environment for the promotion, production, marketing and consumption of Future Smart Food, assuring healthy diets for the future.

The Census of Agriculture of the Kingdom of Cambodia 2013 (CAC) is a milestone event for information gathering and dissemination of agricultural information in Cambodia. Despite the importance of the agricultural sector for the economy, no census of agriculture has previously been undertaken. Whilst the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) routinely collected detailed administrative data on agriculture, there had not been a comprehensive exercise to link information on landholders, land holdings, and whole farm production activities.  The information provided by the CAC serves as a benchmark for measuring progress in the sector and as a basis for informing policy making relating to agriculture and food security. For this reason, the RGC decided to conduct the first-ever agricultural census in the country to close the information gap and lay the foundations for reliable surveys. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) supported the RGC through a project to prepare and implement a census that was funded by the RGC, Australian Aid, FAO, Sweden, and USAID. Please refer to the website of the National Institute of Statistics (NIS) of the Ministry of Planning for detail or access to accurate information.

Also available: Khmer version 

This report provides proceedings for a National Dissemination meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) project entitled: “Improving food security and market linkages for smallholders in Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear” (MALIS) (2012-2015) and the 5-year research project entitled: “Improving the dietary intakes and nutritional status of infants and young children through improved food security and complementary feeding counselling” (IMCF) (2010-2015).


Agriculture is one of the most disaster affected sectors. Agricultural production and livelihoods, particularly of the majority of smallholder farmers in Cambodia are recurrently affected by a variety of natural hazards. Smallholder farmers in Cambodia are particularly vulnerable to natural hazard impacts since (i) their hazard exposure is high (ii) the common pattern that there is only one rice crop per year, most often planted under rain fed conditions, and (iii) the fact that the per hectare agricultural production, particularly of rice, is significantly lower than in other South East Asian countries. The high hazard exposure coupled with low production levels threatens livelihood security of thousands of smallholder farmers in the country, particularly during and after the emergency period.


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