In an ambitious effort to improve food security, nutrition and the livelihoods of impoverished farmers, two major organisations – Helen Keller International Cambodia and Germany's development agency GIZ – have rallied to provide aid.
They have given more than 4,000 farming families a glimmer of hope. These families, spread across Takeo, Kampot and Kampong Thom provinces, have received vegetable and rice seeds through a family food production programme.
On July 28, a handover ceremony was held in Kampot province's Chhouk district, symbolising the official start of this project. The event was presided over by Yang Saing Koma, secretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
In a recent social media post, Helen Keller International shed some light on the project's core objectives. Funded by GIZ through the Multi-sectoral Food and Nutrition Security Project (MUSEFO), the initiative focuses on several areas. These include the introduction of smart farming techniques, fostering behavioural changes towards nutrition and healthy diet, and the distribution of vital agricultural resources.
These resources range from vegetable seeds and varied rice varieties to manure and farming equipment. It even extends to banners for communes across the country and solar panels for commune halls and health centres.
"The project has selected 100 farming communities and more than 4,000 vegetable and rice producers in Takeo, Kampot and Kampong Thom provinces. So far, we have trained the agricultural communities and the commune councils. We are providing the target farmers with agricultural resources," the NGO's social media post explained.
This project seeks to empower these farming families, equipping them with the tools and knowledge they need for a more sustainable, food-secure future.