The Community Organic Vegetable Market has launched and opened at Banlung night market of Ratanakiri province since June 16th 2016, under the initiative of one of Okan Meanchey Agriculture Cooperative from Okan community, Chey Odom commune, Lumphat district, Ratanakri province, under co-collaboration supported by ETEA Foundation and Ockenden (funded by ‘LaCaixa’) and various NGO partners. Continue reading
My name is Kveng Art. I’m 40 years old. I live in Laern Chong village, O’chum district, Ratanakiri province. I have four children, three girls and one boy. They all go to school. The eldest (son) is in grade 11, the second (daughter) is in grade 10, the third is in grade 3 and the youngest is in grade 2.
Few years before 2014, I kept this land free due to the lack of production inputs and farming skills. Since 2014, I have started working on this farm again after I was introduced by Ockenden team a technical training on agriculture (organic crop production and farm management). In the first year 2014, my crops did not produce good yields yet, but this year they were much better because I received the support from the project, Ockenden and ETEA teams.
Phnom Krauch Community Forestry was established in 2005 with support from Ockenden and its NGO partner, in collaboration with Ratanakiri Forestry Administration Cantonment. Since then, there have been 235 indigenous members (87 women) -whose livelihoods depend mainly on forest products and subsistent farming (rice, cassava, soybean, vegetable and animal production)- who have participated in the Community Forestry to protect their natural forests of 178 ha. The Community Forestry members have fought a long battle against a rapid wide spread of deforestation / illegal logging and land encroachment by the rich, powerful people and private companies so far.
The volunteers had the opportunity to visit the project Strengthening Farmers and Community Based Organization (CBOs) for rural development in Ratanakiri Province of Cambodia, implemented by Fundación ETEA and Ockenden Cambodia with funding from “laCaixa” Foundation. During their stay, the volunteers supported the technical team of the project to improve management processes and collaborated by training beneficiaries from several rural communities in developing business plans.