AFD Program Focus
The focus of AFD's work is within three key program areas critical to vulnerable communities, with the strong integration of two cross-cutting themes.
AFD’s livelihood program is a central to AFD's work.
The livelihood program engages communities to improve income, food security and health. To achieve this, AFD provides specialist training and technical assistance in the areas of home gardens, commercial crops, agro-forestry, non timber forest products, tree nursery and chicken raising. The secure livelihoods project involves training for community members to understand markets, so that they can sell their goods and thus improve their economic situation. The livelihood program is diverse to meet the needs of the communities, and also includes specialist training to the community in the areas of health, nutrition and hygeine; and support for self- sufficient community based savings groups.
Once communities are able to look after and improve their livelihoods, then we can see real positive impact in areas of Natural Resources aand Environmmental management (NREM) and Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction.
Natural Resources and Environmental management (NREM)
Perhaps the biggest issue facing rural communities in Cambodia is access to natural resources. Natural Resource and Environment Management is the cornerstone of AFD’s work and provides opportunities for communities to sustainably manage their forest and farming land.
The NREM program is concerned with building capacity of the natural resources dependent communities to have control of the resources and the required skills to manage the resources sustainably. This includes establishing and progressing community fisheries and forests agreements.
AFD’s work in this project area includes training and support to the Community Forest Management Committees, to be informed about their rights, support the community to map and plan for sustainable forest use, setting up patrols to prevent illegal resource exploitation, providing training on sustainable resource use and providing conservation education projects to protect Cambodia's rich biodiversity.
Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
Cambodia is prone to natural disasters including floods, droughts, typhoons and hurricanes, and is one of the countries predicted to be most impacted by Climate Change, with changing rain patterns, increased occurances of flooding and prolonged droughts. Kampong Thom is an area prone to flooding during the wet season and droughts during the dry season, presenting challenges for the farming and natural resource dependent communities.
AFD was a key responder in the receovery from floods during 2011 and have since been working on new strategies for prevention and emergency provisions for future floods. With the onset of climate change, such natural disasters are likely only to become more common and more severe. To combat this, AFD is also working on strategies to combat the effects of climate change across all its project areas. These are focused on adaptation of farming practices, education on responding to emergencies, and building reslient communities.
We work with clear transparency in all our projects, We train and provide the skills and knowledge (including practical) needed to support our key focus areas. Empowering communities to live better and sustainable lives as well as benefiting the wider natural environment.
"Women belong near the kitchen stove" is an old Cambodian proverb, While mindsets are slowly changing with globalisation, this way of thinking is still very present and prevalent in rural provinces- areas in which we focus.
Women are key to building a society. We work to empower, educate and ensure women play a prominent role within communities. We aim to increase participation of women and minority groups in decision making roles and improve socio-economic conditions,