Cambodia is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Southeast Asia. Rural populations face increasing agricultural challenges made worse by deforestation and natural disasters.
On December 22nd, 2015, Action Against Hunger launched a new pilot program in Cambodia that has potential to improve the resilience of communities to hunger. Our new program aims to deliver sustainable solutions that put communities in the driver’s seat, equipping them with vital skills, partnerships, and tools to fight undernutrition, which causes stunted growth in as many as 44 percent of children in parts of Cambodia. Our approach involves analyzing both the immediate and the underlying factors causing undernutrition in areas where children are most affected, and building strong partnerships and holistic, multisectoral programs to drive long-term change.
Our efforts will focus on the province of Preah Vihear, one of the most vulnerable areas in Cambodia. Initial priorities include in-depth assessments of the nutrition status of targeted communities as well as analysis of their resilience and vulnerability. This critical data will help us identify the most urgent needs among target communities. Understanding those needs will guide us to empower communities through programs that prioritize nutrition and improve livelihoods and food security; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and educate caregivers about care and feeding practices for infants and young children.Action Against Hunger began implementing programs in Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia, in 2016. The programs are funded by our partnership with Google.