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VPD – a radio by and for persons with disabilities

PHNOM PENH – “Welcome to our Global Knowledge programme on the Voice of Persons with Disabilities broadcasting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap province (FM92.25 MHz) and Preah Sihanouk province (FM88.75 MHz).” From inside a crammed studio on the ground of a Buddhist pagoda, the announcement by Ms. Phoumore

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Water: where small initiatives help communities thrive

KAMPONG SPEU - Sao Bin, a 38-year-old farmer province, used to walk three kilometers every day to collect water for drinking, cooking and washing. These days, he has access to clean water since his house was connected to a pipe system in 2013. In Chambok commune, Kampong Speu province, some 630 homemore

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Women at the core of protecting forests, reducing carbon emissions

KAMPONG CHHNANG - “If we have forests, we have life,” 61 year old Saing Mao harps Cambodia’s national creed as a testament to women’s increasing awareness and involvement in protecting its forests. Saing Mao, Vice Chair of her commune’s Community Forest Management Committee (CFMC), is one of hundredmore

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Stripped of landmines, land bears fruit

For more than a decade, Khit Sarin and her neighbors lived on a strip of land suspected to be contaminated with landmines in Pailin province. Without enough resources to settle in a safer area, they decided to risk it and stayed on. When a landmine exploded one day in Sarin’s backyard and killed hermore

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From a water scarce to a water supplier – a tale of one Cambodian village

Kampong Speu - The late morning heat was building up and Nuon Chhuon realized it’s time to give his pigs a shower. “They need to be hosed at least three times a day to cool off,” the 69-year-old farmer said, referring to the 10 piglets that were busy competing for their mother’s milk in the pen. “Mymore

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Eco-tourism gives women a new lease on life

Siem Reap – When it was her turn, Tooch Yi maneuvered her wooden boat to the dock to pick up two tourists and began paddling away. Other women paddlers followed suit in an orderly fashion to give visitors a tour of the flooded forest in Kampong Phluk commune in northern Cambodia. In this floodemore

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Women deminers take on a man’s job

They’re young, female and fearless. Meet the deminers who boldly take risks by clearing landmines in the most contaminated areas in Cambodia. Ruot Sreyla is 24 and mother to a three-year old boy. Five years ago, she lived in Pursat Province, tilling farmland for a daily wage of KHR 12,000 ($3). Whenmore

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Safer ground: where crops, not landmines, are planted

For many small hold farmers in western Cambodia, farming can be a risky business. Not only are landmines and explosive remnants of war a safety hazard, but they also hinder agricultural productivity which is often a ticket to a better income and greater food security for poor families. In Banteay Memore

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Cambodian Buddhist monk wins UNDP environmental award

Holding burning incense sticks in his hands, Buddhist monk Bun Saluth chanted a ritual normally held for Cambodians seeking good luck. But this time the subject blessed by his holy water was not a person. It was a three-metre python he bought from a farmer who was about to sell it as food. “Go, go, more

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Solar panels bring lights to rural homes

KAMPONG CHHNANG – Using generator to recharge car batteries is the common method of how rural households that still remain off the national grid get electricity. But in Kampong Chhnang province, the utility has just gotten a little hi-tech. In Por and Trabek villages, located on an island in Tonle Smore

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Backyard fish farm – an answer to food insecurity in rural areas

SIEM REAP – In the past when he needed fish for his wife to cook food, Mr. Say Sorn would fetch a net to cast in the canal in his village. These days he can just get it right from his backyard – a landscape occupied by a giant water filtration tank, hatching containers, and 12 fish ponds holding altmore

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Crop diversification builds stronger communities to tackle climate change

Preah Vihear– The sun has just emerged in the horizon but Cambodian farmer Tum Heng was already working in full swing in his vegetable garden. After watering the vegetables, he made his rounds fetching cow manure to spread on newly paved rows where yard-long bean and cucumber were going to be on. Thmore

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Donor representatives witnessing mine clearance effort

Battambang – There is something unnerving about treading through a mango plantation in the village of Kouk Roka in Battambang province. A roped-off dirt trail indicates the hazard underfoot: undetonated landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). Despite the indulgence of being led along a more

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In Cambodia, local leaders embrace 'scorecard' as planning tool

Preah Sihanouk – At their recent meeting, Kampenh commune officials in this coastal province of Cambodia were presented with a spider graph showing status of various development indicators. In the areas of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, the commune scored 25 out of 100 points. The obtainemore

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Solar-powered pumps bring water into rural homes in Cambodia

Kratie – Clean water is a commodity often hard to come by for Cambodians living in the countryside. For the most part, running water is simply unheard of. That is beginning to change now for many villagers in Kratie province, about 315 kilometers northeast of the capital Phnom Penh. Pumping systems more

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Small business key to lifting women out of poverty

Takeo – Handicraft maker Chhel Sovann, a mother of four, wants to increase her business so that she can earn more to support her family. Having an affordable loan would be an ideal way to do that but the 38-year-old woman could only wish. “I do not dare take the risk with borrowing money because I amore

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Campaign prepares disadvantaged Cambodians for election

Phnom Penh – A voter education campaign is underway in Cambodia to help people with disability and indigenous people to be eligible to vote in the new general election slated for July next year. The campaign targets these groups of Cambodian citizens in 17 provinces: Kandal, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kammore

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Villagers’ delight over restored water reservoir to boost farming

Svay Rieng – For the first time in nearly a decade, Neang Tey and her fellow villagers are able to grow rice two times per season in Tuol Sdey commune, Svay Rieng province. Water shortage used to force them to journey far from home to seek job. But a recently built water spillway – a concrete wall tmore

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Drip irrigation helps address villagers’ farming challenges

Siem Reap – It was mid-afternoon and Ms. Sim Eang, 42, was preparing to water the eggplants she is growing in her front lawn. Normally, she would make rounds of carry buckets of water on her shoulder to feed the plants, but not anymore. Her family is among the 25 households of people with disabilitymore

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Community forestry inches closer to trade carbon credits

Oddar Meanchey – For many years, Buddhist monks and villagers here have been leading the fight to protect the forests in this northwestern part of Cambodia from illegal logging and concessions. Against all odds and pressures they have met in their mission, their efforts are now about to pay off. Thimore

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Pipe water system offers villagers a fresh start

Kampong Speu, Cambodia – There is virtually no free space left in the backyard of Kri Ven’s house. Rows of water convolvulus, cabbage, radish and sugar cane are crowding his 300-square meter land after his home got connected to a pipe water system. “I am quite happy to have my own farm to grow vegetmore

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Cambodian officials complete training in cassava cultivation techniques in China

A practical implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding for Strengthened Cooperation between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and UNDP has commenced with operationalization of China-Cambodia pilot initiative on South-South cooperation. As a follow-up to the signing of the Memormore

Working to strengthen its local administration, Cambodia looks to Indonesia for model

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Returning from a recent official visit to Indonesia, Mr. Dy Sophan, director of Department of Political Affairs, Ministry of Interior, only hoped that one day Cambodia will have a local administration structure that is strong in its role to deliver services and be more accountmore

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UNDP brings indigenous people radio experiences from Laos to Cambodia

Ratanak Kiri – Since 2007, the Jarai indigenous people have been enjoying a radio programme in their own language, which helps to inform them about news concerning their community and beyond. But the problem is it is too short. Its daily broadcast hours should be extended. This was the message a gromore

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Young Cambodians engage in civic life

Swedish Ambassador Anne Höglund recently had a close-up look at the production of Loy9 programme’s TV magazine by visiting the filming crew on site on the outskirt of Phnom Penh capital. The crew was made up mostly of young men and women who are trying to send a message that they too can help make amore

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Helping disadvantaged Cambodians get ready to vote

When Cambodia held local election in June 2012, Bunthoeun Tola, a member of P’nong indigenous group in Mondul Kiri province, was turned away from the polling station. The reason was that his name on the voter list did not match the one on his ID card. He should have checked it beforehand but he did more

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Saving palm sugar business one stove at a time

Kampong Chhnang – Making palm sugar is an occupation that many Cambodian villagers do after rice harvest to earn additional income. Twice daily, men scale up and down palm trees to tap the juice to boil down in giant pots to extract concentrated sugar. The decoction process usually takes more than tmore

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Restored canal helps farmers triple rice yield

Takeo – Farmer Tous Sok Heang carefully jots down in a notepad the number clocked on the scale each time a sack of rice is put on it to weigh. The rice buyer does too for his own record. The last sack is lifted from the scale and the buyer hands her US$200 in down payment, promising to pay up the remore

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Village’s savings group keeps livelihoods afloat

Koh Kong – Fisherman Srun Bun Thuon saw his family’s life hopelessly crumble seven years ago when the fisherman had to sell off his house to repay a microfinance debt. “Even our daughter’s earrings were not spared. I took them off her ears to sell to pay off the debt,” the fisherman’s wife, Nhek Sopmore

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De-mining transforms former battleground into field of hope

Battambang – Farmer Prak Chrin paced slowly as she dropped green bean seeds into shallow holes on the ground. Nearby, her son, a hoe in his hands, was carving up the holes for the seeds in the family’s new farmland in a far-flung northwestern part of Cambodia. Two years ago the field was once a shrumore

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