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Typical house in Pursat Province.

  • Population: 15.76 Million

  • 3M live in poverty

  • Cambodia’s subsistence rice farmers cannot escape debt and poverty because they face high costs of growing rice, and low profits caused by cheap rice imported from other countries.

  • Because they have no money, Cambodian farmers take on hard day labor, leave the family to work in factories, and force their children to drop out of school.

  • most subsistence farmers have plots that are too small to take advantage of machinery and other cost-cutting methods. 

  • The result is that Cambodian farmers have no means to rely on themselves to escape the cycle of poverty.

our work

In 2018 we partnered with local organization, Sustainable Cambodia (SC), to bring our Victory Garden Campaign to the Pursat Province. F2F and SC have years of experience operating rural programs in Cambodia. From its organic garden activities in Siem Reap and Battambang, F2F understands how to engage local villagers to become facilitators who will then become leaders in spreading victory gardens to fellow villagers. SC has developed strong ties to rural communities in Pursat Province where it carries out village savings, gardening, and knowledge sharing projects.

Because permaculture and organic gardening knowledge is lacking in Cambodia, the Campaign’s priority is to develop a team of qualified victory garden facilitators. Strategies of F2F’s successful Campaign in Malawi will be modified to address Cambodian culture and society, while Campaign organizers search for new strategies, perhaps uniquely Cambodian, that can be developed into effective catalysts for success with the Campaign.

The Victory Garden Campaign in Cambodia breaks the cycle of hunger and extreme poverty by enabling people to save money and feed their families with high-yield home victory gardens. Besides averting hunger, people boost nutrition, reduce debt, save money, and discover new opportunities to earn income.

The Campaign will train 30 villagers and select 20 of them to become garden facilitators who can teach others how to create victory gardens using permaculture and organic practices. At least 7,560 people from 2,520 families will benefit from victory gardens to significantly improve their quality of life, based on one garden benefitting three people in a family.

What the Campaign Will Achieve

GOAL: Villagers in Cambodia have better food security, nutrition, and more disposable income.

MEASURE OF SUCCESS: A significant increase in villagers utilizing permaculture and organic practices in their victory gardens.

STRATEGY: Train local villagers to become garden facilitators who teach others how to create victory gardens.

YEAR 1: 30 villagers complete victory garden facilitator training, 20 of them selected to be garden facilitators, and 840 families having more food and more savings because of their victory gardens.

YEAR 2: 1,680 families create gardens for Campaign. Total 7,560 people in 2,520 families with gardens.  

OCTOBER 2018: Trainees and Campaign workers at newly created victory garden