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
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
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
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
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
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
Phnom Penh - 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 everything from Cambodia’s food security, to its economy, to its demographics. At least, that is, if drastic measures aren’t taken and soon. Such was the prevailing sentiment at the International Symposium on Flood pulse… Read more
The importance of legal certainty concerning land rights cannot be overstated in the context of fighting poverty. This is evident in Cambodia, for example. In the world’s poorest countries, as well as in many low-income countries, agriculture is very important – and so is access to land. The share of agriculture in countries’ gross domestic product (GDP) may tend to shrink, but in many places, this sector (including livestock farming) still offers the most job… Read more
Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Sustainable rice straw management practices in Cambodia can enhance using the byproduct to significantly increase farmers’ income. On 5-6 July, this was examined during a roundtable meeting and workshop on building potential business models for the rice straw supply chain in the country. The event was held at the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) under the auspices of the Rice Straw Management Project of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)… Read more
SIEM REAP, Cambodia (9–10 June 2017) - Two more countries have joined a regional seed policy agreement that speeds up the distribution of modern rice varieties across nations in South and Southeast Asia. This agreement was formalized during a meeting of agriculture ministers and representatives of nine countries, titled “Seeds without Borders: Regional cooperation for seed-sharing,” on 9-10 June at Siem Reap. The meeting, organized by the International Rice Research… Read more
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