GEF aids fishing communities in adapting to climate change

A five-year project known as CamAdapt, which aims to help coastal fishing communities and ecosystems in four coastal provinces – Kampot, Kep, Koh Kong and Preah Sihanouk – adapt to climate change, is expected to start early next year. ...

Khorn Savi

Calls for sustainable rice in the face of global warming

The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) has called for private-public partnerships to secure a sustainable global rice supply while the sector is being increasingly impacted by climate change. At the 8th Annual Plenary and General Assembly of the SRP held in Siem Reap this week, 150 ...

Post Staff

Agriculture Ministry asks FAO for support

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon on Wednesday asked the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for financial and technical support to improve the living standards of local communities that still rely on fishery and forestry products for a living. ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Government and FAO push for zero hunger

The government and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation have committed to eradicating hunger in Cambodia by 2030. The commitment was made yesterday at an event to mark World Food Day 2018 in Kampong Cham province’s Stung Trang district. ...

Sen David

Sugar and pepper get protection

Geographical indication (GI) status for Kampot pepper and Kampong Speu palm sugar has been accepted in Vietnam. The agreement gives legal protection to both products and stops unscrupulous traders in Vietnam passing off local produce as Cambodian. The deal was reached last Wednesday after negotiations involving the ...

Sok Chan

Household income falls, debt rises sharply after drought

The economic stability of Cambodian households took a beating during the El Nino weather cycle that enveloped the region during the last dry season, resulting in drought conditions that drove many families into debt and lower income brackets, a new study has found. The study, released ...

Janelle Retka

Palm sugar's GI status

Kampong Speu palm sugar is expected to receive its geographical indication (GI) status certification from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development by the end of this year, according to an official from the Kampong Speu Palm Sugar Promotion Association (KSPSPA). Mr. Sok Sarang, ...

Sok Chan

Desperate times for Cambodia's farmers

The first rainfall this year did not arrive until early June to Pursat, a province located in the northwest of the country, where land looked bare and thirsty at the height of the planting season. The devastating drought, which the government has described as the ...

Ana Salvá

FAO addresses rural poverty

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), met yesterday to discuss strategies to address the vulnerabilities facing Cambodia’s small-scale farmers and landless poor. ...

Safiya Charles

UN promises to improve Cambodian agricultural production

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will continue its support for the Kingdom’s food security and agricultural sector, while also helping with market research to assist the export of Cambodian milled rice and geographically-protected pepper products, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said ...

Ros Chanveasna

Cambodia’s indigenous groups suffer under climate change, deforestation

In the remote province of Ratanakiri, in northeastern Cambodia, deforestation and climate change are taking a heavy toll on communities.Drought has damaged crops, from rice to sesame, cashews, beans and potatoes, making it hard for farmers here to earn a living. And deforestation has greatly ...

Sok Khemara

GMOs: cheaper food and higher farm incomes for Cambodia?

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Cambodia’s agriculture industry contributes 37 percent of GDP, and employs 67 percent of the workforce, with 75 percent of cultivated land dedicated to growing rice. ...

Gabrielle Ward and John Humphreys

FAO: World's forests faring better

The bottom line from the Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2015 assessment of global forest resources: The state of the world’s forests is better than it was.The U.N. agency released the report this week ahead of the 14th World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa. ...

Joe DeCapua

New climate plan launched

The Environment Ministry in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) yesterday launched a $5 million, five-year plan to mitigate the effects of climate change on rural communities in four Cambodian provinces. ...

Taing Vida

Clock ticks on rice harvest

As el niño continues to buffet Cambodia, the next two weeks could be crucial in determining whether the Kingdom will suffer from a smaller-than-usual rice harvest and potential food shortages, experts said yesterday. According to Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries general director So Khan ...

Sarah Taguiam

Myanmar poses threat to Cambodian rice exports to European Union, say exporters

Cambodian rice exporters are expressing concern that the country’s rice exports to the European Union (EU) under the Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement have been facing a stiff competition from Myanmar, which also exports rice to the EU under the EBA agreement, according to local ...

Oryza News Staff

Draft food law could be ready by July: UN

The first draft of a long-awaited food law that aims to regulate food safety and quality “from the farm to the table” could be completed as soon as July, UN and government officials said yesterday. ...

Ananth Baliga

Malnutrition still endemic: UN

Over 40 per cent of Cambodian children under 5 years old suffer from stunted development due to poor nutrition, a rate that has not changed since 2010, according to data revealed yesterday by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). While Cambodia has put substantial work ...

Pech Sotheary

Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating

Satellite images suggest tropical forests from the Amazon to the Philippines are disappearing at a far more rapid pace than previously thought, a University of Maryland team of forest researchers say. Tropical Asia showed the second largest increase in deforestation with 0.8 million hectares (about ...

Kyle Plantz

Outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease decrease, but are still painful for Cambodian farmers

The number of cases of foot-and-mouth disease dropped significantly in first six months of 2012 compared with the three previous years, according to new report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). However, the report’s authors say the disease is still a problem for Cambodian farmers, especially owners of small farms, and can severely ...

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