It’s about early childhood development.

In the last decade, Cambodia’s poverty rate has declined but malnutrition rates remain high, and complementary feeding practices continue to be poor.  Annually, more than six thousand Cambodian children under the age of 5-years die as a result of maternal malnutrition, underweight and wasting, poor infant feeding practices or micronutrient deficiencies.  For infants and children under the age of two, the consequences of undernutrition are particularly severe, often irreversible, and reach far into the future.

Malnutrition, resulting in stunting of children, undermines human capital and economic productivity.  To help fight the effects of poor nutrition, FAO UN – Cambodia started an agriculture project:  Improving Food Security and Market Linkages for Smallholders (MALIS) in Preah Vihear and Otdar Meanchey in northern Cambodia.  The project focused on boosting food security by increasing the number of farmers who diversify production, enhance productivity and increase resilience, and improve their family feeding practices.  The Community seeks to expand this program in targeted areas through its Green Connection Centers.  >>Read More  

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