Smallholder farmers in Cambodia successfully field-test a stress tolerant variety to adapt to climate change
PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia
Supporting farmers in adapting to climate change and at the same time contribute to their livelihoods and protect the environment, was the goal of a small pilot project in Cambodia, initiated by the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN), which has now successfully concluded.
Farmers in Preah Vihear Province, working with the Wildlife Conservation Society, tested for climate tolerance and acceptability the Damnai Sabai Mongkul (DSMK) which is a glutinous rice variety tolerant to droughts and floods when planted at low lying fields. Simultaneously, they were also trained by the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) on pure seeds production.
The story of this small but effective partnership is captured in a video which features farmers in Preah Vihear province proudly presenting their harvest from the pilot testing of DSMK. The video shows how Dr. Ouk Makara’s team from CARDI has successfully trained farmers on pure seed production, with
the support of the ASEAN-German Response to Climate Change Programme, specifically the Forestry and Climate Change (FOR-CC) project in cooperation with IBIS Rice – Organic Wildlife Friendly Rice and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Authors: Imelda Bacudo, Jonas Dallinger, and Kristine Joy Villagracia