Author's Name: Mark Stephens
Date: Mon 06 Jun 2022

Sustainable food sources in Cambodian village

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on tourism in Cambodia.  The normally crowded tourist area around Siem Reap is a ghost town.  Due to this lack of tourism-related work, there was a similar effect on the lives of families in Kok Tnoth, a village in northern Cambodia.  Australian, Darrel Steer, a member of Rotary Passport Club of Melbourne, lives in Cambodia and has installed 450 toilets, and 150 clean water bores in Kok Tnoth village and during COVID was supporting village families with rice, cooking oil, seed and soap.
 
Over 250 villagers benefited from the Project.
  • Village farmers have been trained in growing crops that could be planted in fields normally reserved for rice crops during the wet season. These crops can now be grown long-term with water from the multiple water bores constructed during the Project.
  • Plans are underway to grow other short-term, fast-growing crops such as morning glory.
  • Biosand water filters provide most of the village with water free from contaminants (pathogens and iron) and reduces the need to purchase water in plastic bottles
  • Sustainability is an important part of the project with training re crop rotation and growing of alternative crops during the dry season and is also built into the Project design with training regarding the biosand water filters and maintenance of the pumps.
The expectation that villagers will provide money for crops in future years also promotes sustainability.

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