Climate & Agriculture Cambodia
Community based project on adaptation Cambodia
Encouraged by the positive experience in the Netherlands, farmers' organizations around the world were invited to share knowledge and to apply a similar "bottom up" method. A project with the farmers' organization CFAP in Cambodia sought effective measures to overcome long dry periods. Meetings with local farmers and other stakeholders led to the community based design of natural ponds for the storage of water. The water is used for irrigation of vegetables. The pond itself also generates an additional income because aquatic plants, fish and frogs are grown. Remarkably, it was concluded that the resilience of the farming system not only served by giving water, but more, with proper care of the soil through appropriate fertilization and organic matter supply. The project stimulated the local University to jointly develop teaching materials with the farmers' organization that provides insight into the relationship between soil, fertilization, irrigation and crop growth. Knowledge is eagerly absorbed by farmers.