People Helped in 2016: 11,142
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.
Action Against Hunger’s program in Cambodia aims to improve the resilience of communities in Preah Vihear Province, one of the most vulnerable areas in Cambodia, to hunger. Our interventions aim 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.
We have completed a detailed analysis of the drivers of undernutrition in Choam Khsant district of Preah Vihear. 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 findings from these two assessments formed the basis for an ongoing three-year program in Cambodia targeting the key drivers of undernutrition, which include inadequate sanitation and poor knowledge of proper care and feeding practices for infants and children under five. In partnership with Google, we have developed two interactive digital games, (mobile applications uploaded onto special tablets), which our teams and community partners use to prevent malnutrition by educating children, mothers, and other caregivers on healthy diets, nutrition, sanitation, and hygiene.