Sustainable Livelihood & Environment

Sustainable Livelihood & Environment

Over 75% of people in Cambodia live in the countryside, making their living from small-scale agriculture, fishing and occasional labour and small businesses. Their livelihoods are primarily dependent on available natural resources and are influenced by factors which are often beyond their control.

Through the development of counseling, veterinary, technical, and other services available for farmers, we help people improve their livelihoods and escape the cycle of poverty. We also share with them our knowledge how to use alternative and renewable sources of energy such as, biogas and solar energy, and educate them on livestock breeding. Last but not least, PIN co-creates a network interconnecting livestock breeders, service providers, and market participants and thus participates in building and strengthening local markets.

We work with local organisations and other stakeholders to strengthen market value chains and ensure sustainable livelihoods within Cambodia’s strong and growing agricultural sector. 

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RECOVER: Rural Employment for COVID-19 Economic Recovery

RECOVER: Rural Employment for COVID-19 Economic Recovery

The action is focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on the Tonle Sap region and includes districts with the highest number of returned migrants. Returned migrants are specifically targeted by the action for inclusion in training and business development opportunities, either to start their own small business or for employment with service providers to existing small and medium agro-enterprises. The action​ utilises a market-systems approach to boost the production of high-value products and add value in the horticulture and poultry value chains. Linkages are strengthened with buyers, who are  technical partners, in order to increase sales and thereby income for small and medium enterprises. PIN is working with various beneficiaries such as agricultural cooperatives (AC), producer group (PG), framer trainers, local vet shops, chick producer, demonstration farms, slaughterhouses, veterinary companies, and social enterprises.  

The project aims to contribute to inclusive economic recovery in the Tonle Sap region by improving food security, income, and employment opportunities for fishing and farming communities and returnee migrants by leveraging existing relationships with the private sector and local civil society partners to further strengthen value chains by linking producers, processors, and buyers of the products.   

The project ensures that smallholder farmers and fishers have increased food production and consumption in the horticulture and livestock value chains through their use of effective agricultural practices, products, and services. 

Returning migrants and laid-off workers in COVID-19 affected sectors have improved access to market-relevant skills, affordable finance, and social protection. 

 Dev4SCALE: Development of Poultry Value Chain for Sustainable Community Adaptive Livelihood Enhancement

Dev4SCALE: Development of Poultry Value Chain for Sustainable Community Adaptive Livelihood Enhancement

The project applies a Market Systems Development approach aiming at improving the overall functioning of the poultry value chain in targeted areas. The main goal consists of expanding sustainable and equitable economic opportunities for communities, promoting eco-friendlier solutions, and enhancing their climate resilience.  

The project is implemented in Pursat Balang district, Sandan district, Prasat Sambor District, and Santuk district in Kampong Thom.  

The design of the project is built on a model which has been tested extensively in three projects funded by the European Union targeting the development of the poultry sub-sector and which generated a deep impact across more than six target provinces. 

In order to unleash sustainable changes, the activity tackles issues at different stages of the value chain, ranging from inputs supply to finance and access to markets. The activities seek to strengthen coordination among different value chain actors and establish new market linkages for poultry producers to sell their poultry. Village Animal Health Workers (VAHWs)/Farmer Trainers’ capacities to provide extension services are improved. In order to ensure the sustainability of the model, the project's activities encourage poultry producers to pay a (voluntary) small fee for accessing extension services. As large-scale adoption of positive behaviors in poultry production is often challenging, PIN makes use of its extensive expertise in Social Behavior Change formative research to identify inhibitors and promoters of positive practices and address them effectively. The overall intervention begins with an initial Climate-Sensitive Market Analysis which is then integrated by a participatory value chain analysis, led directly by poultry producers, in order to address producers' lack of access to market information and knowledge about the players in the market system. The latter intervention also contributes to the establishment of new business partnerships with poultry buyers. Access to finance is provided as an option by establishing horizontal linkages between PG and finance providers as well as by supporting interested/capable ACs/Eco-tourism groups in establishing a revolving fund for members to start/expand poultry production. Economic sustainability is ensured by increasing producers’ income and by triggering other value chain actors’ economic incentives to engage with poultry producers. As a result of the implementation, the potential (monthly) income among producer group members would be between 100 and 150 USD on average. The yearly overall income generated, only by the producer groups (approximately 300 members in total), can reach up to 360.000 USD. 

SWITCH to Solar

SWITCH to Solar

As Cambodia continues to harness clean energy potential around the country, the European Union has signed two project agreements worth EUR 5.3 million to promote sustainable consumption and production of energy sources and to put local SMEs on a track to a green recovery in Cambodia.

The SWITCH to Solar project will promote production patterns in Cambodian agri-fishery sector with a focus on agro-processing by encouraging (MSMEs) to adopt solar solutions; and fostering replication through demonstration and access to finance. Awareness raising on sustainable production will also be promoted, policy dialogues will be organised, line ministries will be involved in demonstrations about sustainable production practices and interactions between MSMEs and financial intermediaries will be supported.

The project main objective will be achieved by reducing the environmental impacts of MSMEs energy consumption and generating green employment opportunities. More specifically, the project aims to improve production pattern and behaviours in rural areas of Cambodia by supporting MSMEs to switch from unsustainable energy to solar energy sources. 

Civil Society, Authorities and Markets for Sustainable Community Animal Production, Livelihoods and Environment  (CAM4SCALE)

Civil Society, Authorities and Markets for Sustainable Community Animal Production, Livelihoods and Environment (CAM4SCALE)

“Civil Society, Authorities and Markets for Sustainable Community Animal Production, Livelihoods and Environment” CAM4SCALE project aims to improve the livelihoods of over 50,000 small-holder livestock farmers across eight provinces in Cambodia and to ensure that they have access to knowledge, networks, support, and quality inputs. PIN Cambodia supports improving livestock production, strengthening civil society network, engaging private sector, and promoting inclusive local economic development.