Sustainable Livelihood & Environment

Sustainable Livelihood & Environment

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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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Ongoing Activities

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.