The project aims to reduce rural poverty by providing farmers with access to agricultural services and resources through non-government organizations (NGOs).
The project will emphasize the participation of women in income-generating activities.
Cambodia is one of the region's lowest-income countries with an estimated per capita gross domestic product of US$259.
Of the 36% of the population living below the poverty line, nine out of 10, or 3.6 million, live in the countryside.
Poverty is most prevalent among the vulnerable groups affected by the long civil conflict, especially displaced people, returning refugees, and war widows and their families.
Agriculture has great potential for improving human development and reducing poverty, but many rice-growing areas suffer from decreasing productivity due to the lack of access to improved agricultural technology and inputs.
To address this, the project will expand the outreach of agricultural support services to the rural poor.
It will do this by:
- Improving access to income-generating
opportunities through small-scale village infrastructure subprojects such
as community ponds and tree plantations
- Strengthening the ability of farmers
to apply agricultural technologies through meetings to introduce new ideas
and skills training and self-help programs
- Helping with capacity building of community-based
bodies and NGOs
- Supporting project management and poverty
- The Department of Agronomy and Agricultural Land Improvement will be the executing agency for the project. An NGO, the Centre d'Etude et de Développement Agricole Cambodgien, will be the implementing agency.
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