The United Nations World Food Programme has launched a new online
food-security map of Cambodia, identifying areas of vulnerability and
showing where improvement has taken place and where more intervention
is needed. The vulnerable areas with high malnutrition rates are in the
provinces of Kampong Spue, Kampong Thom, Mondol Kiri, Odar Mean Chey,
Pursat, Preah Vihear, Prey Veng, Ratanakiri, Siem Reap and Stung Treng.
"This gives us a far clearer picture of where we need to target our
assistance,” said WFP country director Thomas Keusters. “It illustrates
the fact that food security goes far beyond sufficient food production,
but is affected by poverty, maternal health, access to clean water and
health services, as well as shocks such as natural disasters and other
socio-economic vulnerability,” he said.