Increasing diversification with 'Cambodia HARVEST' (Helping Address Rural Vulnerabilities and Ecosystem Stability)

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Abstract

Cambodia HARVEST is a USAID initiative that engages with poor rural populations to implement practice change for improved productivity, food nutrition and diversity. In doing so it seeks to enable improved food security, facilitate sustainable natural resource management, and minimise environmental degradation. The initiative also acts to increase the capacity of the public and private sectors to support agricultural competitiveness. Cambodian HARVEST has had success in utilising lead famers to extend best practice implementation of diverse vegetable production within the rice production rotation. Investment in labour saving technologies such as direct seeding and low cost drip irrigation, together with private sector support to create seed multiplication capacity, has made the transition to seasonal horticulture possible. The formation of grower groups which can create greater scales of production help lower input costs and maximise negotiation strength with traders and buyers. As a result of the Cambodia HARVEST program, farmers who have diversified their cropping enterprises report substantial gains in income where the consumption of nutritious vegetable crops provides benefits to many farmers and their communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA policy dialogue on rice futures
Subtitle of host publicationRice-based farming systems research in the Mekong region
EditorsLisa Robins
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherAustralian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Pages77-80
Number of pages4
Volume142
ISBN (Electronic)9781925133516
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventRice research in the Mekong Delta - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 07 May 201409 May 2014

Publication series

NameACIAR proceedings
Volume142
ISSN (Print)1038-6920

Conference

ConferenceRice research in the Mekong Delta
Period07/05/1409/05/14

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