Poverty reduction and smallholder development project and plans in Cambodia wins international recognition


PHNOM PENH (Xinhua): The Tonle Sap Poverty Reduction and Smallholder Development Project in Cambodia has won the prestigious International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Gender Award, the project's implementer said in a statement on Friday.

Carried out by the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development Secretariat (NCDDS) of the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries since 2018, the project was among nominated projects from 177 countries and regions across the world.

It was awarded for its strong results-based commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of rural women in agriculture, livelihood improvement, and access to finance in its seven target provinces along the Tonle Sap Basin of Cambodia, the statement said.

Ny Kim San, deputy head of the NCDDS and project manager, received the award in an official event on Feb. 14-15 in Rome, Italy.

"The project has prioritized inclusion of women, particularly those from smallholding farmers and trapped in poverty," Ny Kim San said in the statement.

It has enhanced agricultural productivity, agricultural diversification, and improved access to markets, resulting in better livelihoods and higher incomes in the project areas, he added.

Co-financed by the Cambodian government, the Asian Development Bank, and the IFAD, the 66-million-U.S.-dollar project has driven up women's representation to 60 percent in management committees across its 270 targeted communes, and significantly improved Cambodia's agricultural resources and developed long-term sustainability for its agricultural sector in seven provinces, the statement said.

The project has benefited some 650,000 households, especially smallholder farmers trapped by prolonged poverty, it added.

Running until July 2024, the project covers mainly the provinces along the Tonle Sap Basin, and its targeted provinces include Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Tboung Khmum, and Prey Veng, the statement said. - XInhua

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Cambodia , Humanitarian Project , Big Award

   

Next In Aseanplus News

Women's group raises alarm over presence of 11,000 American troops in Philippines
Vietnam central bank plans to auction gold bars from Monday (April 22)
Vietnamese casino employee in Cambodia found dead near canal; police launch massive investigations
Unearthing Luang Prabang’s mysteries: The Legend of the Lost Treasure
Brunei ranks 43rd in Heritage Foundation's world economic freedom index
Motor racing - World champion Verstappen 'on another planet' with victory in China
Green tourism corridor planned for Phnom Kulen National Park in Cambodia
Blinken to press China over its support for Russian defense base during visit; handling of Myanmar issues also to be highlighted
Brunei’s economy projected to grow by 2.4 per cent in 2024 and hit 3.1 in 2029, says IMF
Nature experts want more action as Laos faces uphill battle against wildlife hunting

Others Also Read