To address the effects of climate change, the Cambodian agriculture sector needs to shift from increased production through land to sustainable practices.
Land degradation is a problem in Cambodia that affects the livelihoods of people by limiting their access to food and water, and increasing the risk of poverty. It also leads to a reduction in the provision of ecosystem services, but there are measures in place to mitigate and adapt to it.
Regenerative Agriculture is a way of farming that rebuilds soil organic matter and restores degraded soil biodiversity. Therefore, achieving "Land Degradation Neutrality" is important to meet the objectives for food security, poverty reduction, and increased climate resilience and competitiveness of farming systems.
The practice of regenerative agriculture is slowly gaining momentum in Cambodia, but it is still in its early stages.
Regenerative agriculture activities have been led by the Government in Cambodia with help from various projects and programs that provide institutional support. It has moved from research to commercialization, with private sector engagement being crucial for a sustainable change to occur.
Among some of the challenges to regenerative agriculture practices' adoption was lack of coordination between different stakeholders. However, there has been a more coordinated effort between the public-private and development partners to facilitate the transition towards regenerative agriculture.
The project "Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture" and its partners are working to improve regenerative agriculture through better cooperation between different systems. These include:
This project is financed by the Happel Foundation, the Symphasis Foundation, the Leopold Bachmann Foundation, among other donors. It is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.