The Royal Government of Cambodia and its development partners on Wednesday discussed and stressed on the need for integrated efforts under different climate change-related initiatives to ensure high efficiency in helping the country to respond to the impact of this global problem.

The message came during the inception workshop of the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) which was held in Phnom Penh in a one-day forum where participated by more than 100 representatives from different ministries, institutions and expertises as well as those from development partners.

Mok Mareth, Senior Minister and Minister of Environment, Chairman of the National Climate Change Committee, opened the workshop by reiterating the high attention of the Royal Government of Cambodia is tackling impacts of climate change as a strategic priority for reducing poverty.

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TROPICAL Asia’s rice yields are at risk because of climate change, as evidence suggests higher temperatures have already cut growth rates as much as 20 percent in some areas, according the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation.

A report produced by the body analysed six years’ worth of data from 227 sites in Asia, including in Thailand and southern Vietnam.“Temperature trends are becoming more influential [on rice yields],” the report said. 

“Looking ahead, they imply a net negative impact on yield from moderate warming in coming decades.” 

Read more: Climate yields rice concerns


Cambodian farmerUSAID has awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar contract, designed to improve Cambodia's food security.

The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, has awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar contract, designed to improve Cambodia's food security through enhanced agricultural development and better management of natural resources. The five-year contract was awarded to Fintrac, Incorporated, a highly-respected U.S.-based agribusiness consulting firm that develops agricultural solutions to end hunger and poverty.

This award will serve as U.S. Government's flagship food security activity in Cambodia. "Helping Address Rural Vulnerabilities and Ecosystems Stability", or "HARVEST", the Project, will work with public, private and civil society to strengthen food security by increasing agricultural productivity; raising the incomes of the rural poor; preparing the country to adapt to climate change; and reducing the number of Cambodians, especially women and children, suffering from malnutrition.

Read more: Cambodia's Food Security


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