In Cambodia, the availability of water and food security are often issues at the top of the list of community needs and pressures. For subsistence farmers, survival depends on natural resources and predictable growing conditions. Watch this great video update to see the solutions local communities are finding together. We’re proud to partner with this amazing work at ACS Personal Insurance!
Through consultations and community-led development with our charity partner ACCI, many villages have identified a need to address food security. The chosen method has been to build resilient and sustainable livelihoods through permaculture.
Small permaculture farms enable subsistence rice farmers affected by changing weather patterns and reduced rainfall to ensure year round food security, generate income and reduce exposure to harmful pesticides and fertilisers. This also reduces their vulnerability to exploitative and unpredictable working environments as families become self-sustainable, rather than dependent on income from factories or seasonal labour.
Permaculture farms allows a steady, constant supply of fresh vegetables to vulnerable families. The positive outcomes are manifold; household nutrition is boosted, harmful pesticide consumption is avoided, financial pressures reduce, as both vegetable and protein sources can be grown at home rather than purchased, and income streams are diversified as excess produce can be sold at markets.
This approach to community development empowers people to take more control over their lives and their futures. As communities become more self reliant, sustainable, and resilient, they are positioned to overcome future challenges together, without falling back into poverty or otherwise damaging and exploitative situations.