The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

OWP 43 Accompanying farmers of Cambodia

Issue 43 focuses on rural farmers and local communities in northeastern Cambodia. We work with Development and Partnership in Action (DPA) to foster sustainable farming and improve methods of production,
processing, storage, transport and marketing.

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia. Still recovering from 20 years of civil war, the country now faces the threats of climate change and illegal logging. Cambodia has seen huge growth in the last two decades, but much of the benefit of this growth is centred in the urban centres while 78 percent of the population live in rural areas.

Since 2005 Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has worked closely with our Cambodian partners on the ground – Development and Partnership in Action (DPA) – on a five-year programme that cultivates the skills of small-scale farmers’ groups and cooperatives in 36 provincial villages in the north-eastern part of the country.

Our focus is on sustainable farming and improving methods of production, processing, storage, transport and marketing. The goal is for communities to prosper and live sustainability in the face of climate change, predatory market practices and land titling disputes.

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