Grown in floods and thriving without pesticides, floating rice offers Cambodia a sustainable alternative for its eco-friendly food production amid threats from climate change.
A Cambodian boy rides on a buffalo on his way back from a floating rice field. Once common in the Lower Mekong Basin, this eco-friendly farming method is drifting towards disappearance in the region. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

KAMPONG THOM, Cambodia- The sky is pitch black when Than Bunthorn leaves home for the paddy field. His body sways atop an old oxcart as it bumps along a small dirt track. Dawn is still some hours away. But for the farmer, work begins as early as 3am.

Read more: Floating rice: The climate-resilient alternative for Cambodia’s food production


BATTAMBANG, Cambodia – During an afternoon of sun between the rains in the village of Tuol TaAek, a group of children play outside. Nearby, the water line is evident on the villagers’ homes and fences where the floods reached a year ago.

Read more: Strengthening Resilience: Promise in a Time of Climate Change


The Asia-Pacific region is struggling with more frequent and intense hazards such that access to real-time, accurate information can help build resilience among vulnerable communities.
Czech aid group People in Need has installed two sensors on bridges on the Tonle Sap river in Cambodia, to trigger a system that sends text messages or calls to mobile phones warning of heavy rains. Image: Photo Dharma from Penang, Malaysia,CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Floods in Cambodia in 2011 and 2013 killed more than 400 people, displaced tens of thousands, and destroyed crops, livestock, and homes.

Read more: From Bhutan to Cambodia, early warning saves lives in floods


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