New Innovation Improves Famers’ Incomes and Climate Change Adaptation Capacity

Battambang, where located in the North-West of Cambodia, is one of the highly drought affected province; the farmers lost their rice productions and other crops almost every year due to dry spell or/and drought. Farmers who are living in Bavel commune of Battambang province are facing to drought and dry spell as well. The lack of agricultural adaptation technologies and practices made the communities more vulnerable to climate risk.

Farmer Thim Thy lives in Kampong Chhnang Pire village of Bavel commune, where highly drought affected and about 20 percent is living in poverty. Thy’s family, one of landless and poor households in the village, does rice farming and vegetable garden traditionally. The lack of agricultural capacity and knowledge and combination with drought affected to their agriculture production made her family always fell short. The vegetable productions and incomes were never enough to feed her family which comprised 3 kids and her couple.

“Previously my family grew some vegetables but the yield seemed too low if compared to our inputs such as seeds, chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The seeding were died occasionally during the nursery stage and sometimes died later” said Mr. Chhub Chhum, 39 year-old famer (Thy’s husband).

In 2017, under the Feed the Future Cambodia Rice Field Fisheries II Project her family is selected as a target/beneficiary household to demonstrate vegetable garden in her village. This project is implemented by WorldFish and partners under funding from USAID; one of the objectives of project is to increase nutritional well-being of rural communities and to improve climate change adaptation capacity. WorldFish in partnering with Village Support Group (VSG) provide a series of trainings to her and her husband as well as other selected demonstration households during November 2017.



Thy and her husband started their vegetable garden immediately (November 2017) by applying new innovations which provided by project staffs, for instance, nursery bed and integrated soil fertility management and short period crop cultivation method which address to climate resilience and improved productivities. Improved water management is also applied on their farm through drip irrigation and matching method. Her family is so impressed by increased productivities significantly if compared to traditional farming practices.

During first crop harvesting early 2018, a field day was organized for her family and other farmers to exchange the lessons and experiences and also to analyze the cost and benefits of new innovations on demonstration farms. She found many benefits for family such as daily vegetable for home consumption, reduced significantly agriculture inputs such farm labors, water and chemical applications/inputs. As a result, the profits from her vegetable garden is increased almost most twice.

Beside rice farming and vegetable garden, she is also collecting other farmers’ vegetables to sell out at commune market. She recently collect more vegetables from other farmers since others have also applied new innovations which provided by project. The profits from her vegetable garden and vegetable collection business increases up to 40,000-60,000 Riel (10-15$) per day. Being a new innovation farmer and a small entrepreneur brings a great prosperity and opportunity to her family.

“I am so happy with a new cultivation method because I have good and safe vegetable daily for my family and also surplus vegetable for sell out. Now my family is preparing to expand another vegetable garden and we hope to increase the income too” said Mrs. Thy, farmer.

Thy and her husband started their vegetable garden immediately (November 2017) by applying new innovations which provided by project staffs, for instance, nursery bed and integrated soil fertility management and short period crop cultivation method which address to climate resilience and improved productivities. Improved water management is also applied on their farm through drip irrigation and matching method. Her family is so impressed by increased productivities significantly if compared to traditional farming practices.

During first crop harvesting early 2018, a field day was organized for her family and other farmers to exchange the lessons and experiences and also to analyze the cost and benefits of new innovations on demonstration farms. She found many benefits for family such as daily vegetable for home consumption, reduced significantly agriculture inputs such farm labors, water and chemical applications/inputs. As a result, the profits from her vegetable garden is increased almost most twice.

Beside rice farming and vegetable garden, she is also collecting other farmers’ vegetables to sell out at commune market. She recently collect more vegetables from other farmers since others have also applied new innovations which provided by project. The profits from her vegetable garden and vegetable collection business increases up to 40,000-60,000 Riel (10-15$) per day. Being a new innovation farmer and a small entrepreneur brings a great prosperity and opportunity to her family.

“I am so happy with a new cultivation method because I have good and safe vegetable daily for my family and also surplus vegetable for sell out. Now my family is preparing to expand another vegetable garden and we hope to increase the income too” said Mrs. Thy, farmer.

Her husband always shares the new innovation and experiences to other villagers and also encourages those to apply the new method; she expects to be able to collect more vegetables, particular safe vegetable products and to make more incomes as well. Thy’s family, one of hundreds of households who have benefited from USAID-supported project, is preparing another plot (30m x 50m) to cultivate more vegetable including long bean, cucumber, luffa gourde and so on.

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