The 2015 Global Climate Risk Index rated Cambodia second only to the Philippines among 160 countries in the scale of extreme climate events. This project seeks to address the effects of climate change, which is having a major impact on livelihoods in Cambodia. The program will help farmers to maximize available water and produce crops despite unpredictable weather patterns through the use of greenhouses and mushroom grow houses. Farmers will grow a variety of vegetables in addition to mushrooms and will work with World Hope International to establish market linkages for their produce.
Women are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change in Cambodia because they lack equal access to land, employment and education, so they do not have a safety net to protect against the effects of unexpected weather events and disasters. Therefore, this program will focus on encouraging women to become agri-entrepreneurs. Women are also an important target group as they are more likely to share the financial and nutritional benefits of success with their children.