Agriculture-based livelihoods and overall food security in Cambodia are being affected by increased frequency and severity of floods, dry spells and drought events. Although Cambodia has limited exposure to climate hazards, it is considered to be extremely vulnerable due to its low adaptive capacity. The majority of Cambodians live in rural areas and their livelihoods depend on climate patterns. It is therefore projected that the poor will suffer the most from the impacts of climate change. Given the current context of Cambodia and potential future threats posed by climate change to the country, there is urgent need to respond to the threats of climate change in agriculture and water resources management.
This project intervention aims to support the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) towards efficient mainstreaming of innovative climate vulnerability participatory modelling approach to simulate the impact of climate-resilient agriculture strategies in order to increase the resilience of the agricultural systems in Cambodia.
From objectives to actions
After piloting the identified key practices in 7 demonstration sites, an impact evaluation will provide key lessons on cost-effective interventions to increase the resilience of the agricultural systems in Cambodia. These findings will feed the development of a screening tool which will help MAFF to review current and future programs against climate change scenarios in order to identify their potential to tackle the key vulnerabilities and improve the integration of climate-resilient agricultural principles.
The project also provides technical support to MAFF and students from the Cambodian Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) on participatory climate vulnerabilities modelling and simulation together with climate-resilient strategies design training.
Increasing Resilience to Climate Change for farmers in rural Cambodia through Climate-Smart Agriculture practices
Location: Cambodia (Kandal, Kampong Cham and Kampong Chhnang provinces)
Duration: 2016-2018 (36 months)
- Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
- CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)