- Program established: 2012
- Staff: 33 (9 women)
- Target Program Areas/Regions: Kandal, Mondul Kiri, Koh Kong, Pursat, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, and Siemreap provinces
- Flagship Program: Food Security and Resilient Livelihoods
- Sub-Regional Field Offices: Phnom Penh Province, Koh Kong Province (2), Mondul Kiri, Pursat, Banteay Meanchey, Siemreap
Challenges and Opportunities
Cambodia is one of the least urbanized countries in Southeast Asia, with over 80% of the population living in rural areas and more than a third living in extreme poverty. Poorly functioning markets and lack of infrastructure contribute to the continued economic failures of smallholder farmer and agricultural entrepreneurs. Cambodia is highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters, ranking in 2016 as the 9th most climate-vulnerable country globally due to high exposure to natural hazards and the lack of collective readiness to manage such hazards (UNESCO). Due to this climate variability, food insecurity and malnutrition are rampant. 25% of Cambodians lack basic nutrients as a direct result of droughts and floods, while 40% of children under the age of 5 are stunted due to malnutrition.
How IIRR Helps
- Conducting training courses and research seminars for national NGOs.
- Setting up institutional plans for financial education, microbusiness management, and community organizing.
- Implemented climate-oriented trainings for fishery managers.
- Promoted healthy eating and planting to primary schoolchildren and their families.
- Improving the capacity of smallholder farmers by managing their rice, vegetable, and cassava crop.
- Farmer and Nature Net (FNN)
- Research and Human Resource Development (RHRD)
- Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC)
- Harvest II
- Fisheries Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture
- Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
- Forestry Administration of MAFF
- Cambodian Governmental Ministry of Environment.
- Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
- Asian Development Bank (ADB)
- European Union (EU)
- Newman’s Own Foundation (NOF)
- Latter-day Saint Charities (LDSC)
- Harvest II (USAID)
Important Facts and Figures
- 2,318 children were taught health and nutrition programs in elementary schools.
- 5,000 farmers in 200 villages were taught about climate-resistant methods to planting rice, vegetables, and cassava plants.
- 1,649 members of village development fund were taught skills about fund management, chicken production, and technical assistance to improve the economic condition of their targeted communities.
- 374 children regularly served breakfast prepared with vegetables from school gardens.
- Students harvested 2,500 kilograms of organic vegetables and planted 800 tree seedlings.
- 2,000 households began producing salinity-resistant and drought-resilient crops.
Or Thy joined IIRR as the Cambodia Country Manager in May 2012 where he leads the IIRR Cambodia Country program and is responsible for consulting service delivery, networking and partnership with other institutions, community development specialist of Emergency
Cheav Sopheak joined IIRR in July 2016 as a Project Coordinator. Before joining IIRR, Cheav was a Thematic Supervisor at the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC) and held previous positions as a Project Coordinator,
Horticulture Specialist Team Leader
Sang Kung is currently the Horticulture Specialist Team leader of IIRR Cambodia. With over 19 years of experience in agricultural development and food security, Sang has held previous roles such as a consultant in sustainable vegetable production working in organizations
Chy Kalayan joined IIRR in September 2015 as a Field Assistant. He had employed Internship with IIRR, from October 2014-August 2015. Before joining IIRR, Chy volunteered at the Child Fund Cambodia under the Youth for Sustainable Development Project
Sotha joined IIRR Cambodia in 2016 as the Finance Officer in Cambodia. He has over 10 years experiences in accounting field with Local and International NGOs. Before joining IIRR, He was Project Finance Office with Plan International Cambodia,
Yim Soksophors is currently Program Director of IIRR Cambodia. He used to work for Cambodian Centre for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC) as the program coordinator, monitoring and evaluation coordinator and technical specialist/advisor for Food and Agriculture