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This is a developmental model designed to increase production of fish, plants and vegetables beyond current productivity in a woman-owned business in Khvean Village, Sangkat Kouk Chak.  In Phase One, the Khvean Village Green Connection Center create a fish farm focusing on two fish species:  Pangasius [Catfish] and Tilapia.  In Phase Two, the Khvean Village Green Connection Center adds a vertical aquaponics farm to each fish pond.

OVERVEIW

Cambodian aquaculture is growing fast despite the lack of infrastructure and a limited support system.  The sector still depends on natural resources for feed and seed, as well as imported inputs from neighboring countries.  To continue to grow and reach the government's production and economic targets, investment will be needed in infrastructure, training, education, inputs and services.  This is the role of the Cambodian nongovernmental organization, The Community for Khmer Villages organization, refer www.ckv-siemreap.org

It is recommended that this proposed project work with WorldFish which already collaborates with Cambodian governmental agencies and development partners to support increased productivity and investment in the agriculture and fisheries sectors in Cambodia.  Research focuses on how best to improve productivity and resilience of maintained fisheries in human modified environments, as well as the role of fish in nutrition security of women and children, and the benefit-sharing in land and water management.

The strategic goals of the Khvean Village Green Connection Center are to [1] to keep the operations simple, low cost technologies for subsistence-oriented aquaculture, as this will be more likely to be successful; and  [2] to integrate this small-scale aquaculture embedded within Sangkat Kouk Chak’s broader “livelihood diversification” projects which can benefit from the other project activities, such as water supply and sanitation, collective approaches to marketing and knowledge sharing, and the use of crop byproducts as fish feed.

PHASE ONE

Phase One has three segments: 

[1] Pilot Site.  The Community for Khmer Villages will establish a pilot site on its health campus in Khvean Village, including fish ponds for Pangasius and Tilapia, one each, with corresponding vertical aquaponics farms;

[2] Educational Program.  The Community for Khmer Villages will teach women in Khvean Village and other Sangkat Kouk Chak villages about the challenges, merits and operations of its family sized Green Connection Center; and

[3] Prototype Model.  The Community for Khmer Villages will work on establishing an larger women-owned business, a village Green Connection Center, on a parcel of 40-50 square meters initially with fish ponds and vertical aquaponics farms covering one-fifth of the area.

In Phase One, it is recommended that the Khvean Village Green Connection Center create a fish farm focusing on two fish species:  Pangasius [Catfish] and Tilapia.

During the second segment of Phase One, the NGO will accomplish two goals each requiring approvals from local management and the Apsara Authority:  [1] assist in building a permanent on-site modest home for the site manager and her family; and [2] install the first of four deep water wells on the permanent Khvean Village Green Connection Center site. 

PHASE TWO

Phase two will gradually expand the Village Green Connection Center to cover the entire parcel of land with fish ponds and vertical aquaponics farms, and assist surrounding villages in creating their own Green Connection Centers.    

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