22 January 2018
A Halifax-based researcher will soon be heading back to Cambodia as she continues to study food fortification and nutrition in the southeast Asian country. Dr. Kyly Whitfield, an assistant professor in applied human nutrition at Halifax’ s Mount Saint Vincent University, will be heading back to Cambodia later this year courtesy of a $1-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Whitfield, part of a partnership with the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New… Read more
11 January 2018
Expanding a ministerial-level food safety working group to influence food safety policy and enhancing collaboration between government and food safety researchers will help strengthen food safety in Cambodia. These were the views of animal health and food safety experts who gathered on 14 December 2017 in Phnom Penh to explore ways of developing the capacity of national researchers and decision makers to use risk-based approaches for better food safety management in the country. Food safety… Read more
22 November 2017
While Cambodia has long struggled with child malnutrition, the Kingdom is also starting to feel some of the same health burdens developed nations are facing, such as obesity and other diet-related noncommunicable diseases, which the government hopes to address with a new health class curriculum on balanced diets. The ministries of health and education on Monday announced a new set of guidelines that will be incorporated into the curricula for primary and secondary schools. Students will… Read more
By Abigail Seiff12 December 2017
SIEM REAP, Cambodia — Across the globe, few countries rely on fish as much as Cambodia. The food is a key staple in the local diet, and in the average household, around two-thirds of protein comes from fish. And yet, malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies have remained stubbornly persistent — particularly among children. Solving that contradiction could be the key to improving nutrition across the globe. “Cambodia is one of our focal countries in the world fish strategy. Why? It… Read more
24 October 2017
Planned mega-dam threatens fish populations and food security in the lower Mekong Basin Auntie Punleu has spent most of her life on Koh Dambang, an island set in the middle of the Mekong River in Cambodia. A small, grandmotherly woman, she paints an idyllic picture of life there. “We catch fish as our main food every day. We eat fish nearly six days a week,” she says. With her gentle strength and keen knowledge of community affairs, people on the island look to her as a natural leader… Read more
20 October 2017
In a bid to promote local agricultural products, the government has unveiled plans to begin exporting chicken egg bananas to overseas markets. The announcement comes only two months after the country exported its first international shipment of yellow bananas, which was sent to China. The chicken egg banana, called “chek pong moan” in Khmer, is also known by its scientific name of “musa aromatic”. Veng Sakhon, the Minister of Agriculture, said on Wednesday: “First, we need to… Read more
18 October 2017
The number of Cambodians going hungry fell between 2008 and this year, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute 2017 Global Hunger Index. Its report, published on Thursday, says Cambodia’s hunger score fell from 27.1 in 2008 to 22.2 in 2017. The figure is compiled from statistics on undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting and child mortality. It said also that Cambodia ranked 75th of 119 countries on the global hunger index with “serious” hunger… Read more
8 September 2017
PHNOM PENH - Agriculture ministers in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) endorsed a five-year strategy and action plan to build a regional food safety system on Friday during a meeting in northwest Cambodia's Siem Reap province. The system will be based on mutually recognized, science-based standards, product tracing and information sharing, especially on hazard lists for key commodities, said the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which organized the meeting. The ADB hosted the Secretariat of the… Read more
31 July 2017
Fort Kheun is one of a number of people who refused to leave his village and home as the new Lower Sesan dam was being constructed. But as he spoke to Khmer Times on Friday, he was preparing to take his family and property to a safer place as water rose around his village due to tests being run by the company behind the dam. His home is in Sre Ko village, which is along the southern banks of the Sesan River in Stung Treng province. Mr Kheun is one of many residents who refused compensation… Read more
1 August 2017
Cambodia’s most important ecosystem is in crisis, experts say. Millions rely on the Tonle Sap lake for food and irrigation, and its destruction would have repercussions across the whole Kingdom. What can be done? The Tonle Sap is “doomed”. The ecosystem of the gigantic lake – whose annual flood cycle has been the pulse of Cambodia for millennia, and on which millions depend for food and irrigation – is set to spectacularly collapse, throwing into question… Read more
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