Poverty reduction project wins global award

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.

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 in Rome, Italy.

“The project has prioritised inclusion of women, particularly those from smallholding farmers and trapped in poverty,” 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. — Xinhua

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