Community Resilience and Food Security in Kratie Province

Kratie Province in Cambodia is prone to a range of natural resource challenges and impending impacts of climate change, yet its residents have low levels of knowledge regarding preparation and adaptation to these scenarios. The Community Resilience and Food Security project has introduced  an integrated approach to community resilience which will benefit 900 families. The project links water management to sustainable agricultural production and food security in 21 villages within the Chhlong and Sambor districts of Kratie Province.

The project has restored small-scale irrigation systems in the region, including reservoirs, canals, dams and ponds. During the project, volunteers were trained to demonstrate agricultural resilience techniques in collaboration with the Cambodian Department of Agriculture. Local farmers now belong to water-user groups who manage the water resources and maintain the sustainability of the schemes.

Schemes have contributed to an increase of multi-crop farming options throughout year and have helped reduce water scarcity for agriculture purposes. New innovations and techniques addressing the impacts of climate change have been successfully applied by selected farmers. These innovations include a system of rice intensification; home gardening and domestic animal-raising.

The project uses a six-step community mobilization approach which targets groups to develop and implement practical food security and natural resource management pilots. The approach includes the following six-steps: Prepare & Plan, Listen & Learn, Discuss & Develop, Adapt & Act, Support & Supply and Monitor & Evaluate/Mentor. This approach seeks to empower the community while working toward food security and enhanced community resilience through natural resource management.