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FAO helps Cambodian farmers adapt to climate change

Published on 23 June 2014 Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, June 10, (Bernama) - Cambodia's Ministry of Environment on Monday signed an agreement with the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to help farmers adapt to climate change, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports.

Under the agreement, a US$5-million project funded by the Global Environmental Facility will be carried out in rural communities in provinces of Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Preah Vihear and Ratanakiri.

FAO representative in Cambodia Nina Brandstrup said the project would help rural communities adapt to climate variability and protect their livelihoods.

Agriculture is one of the key backbones of Cambodia's economy which involves about 70 percent of its population.

In recent years, the sector has enjoyed an annual average growth of between three to four percent.

However, experts are concerned about sustainability in the agricultural sector due to outdated production techniques and dependence on natural factors.

Source: Bernama | 10 June 2014