Cambodia is still one of the poorest and least developed countries in Southeast Asia. As the rural population face growing pressure from deforestation and natural disasters, malnutrition rates and waterborne diseases are increasingly rising.
Rising inequality, landlessness, limited access to education and health services perpetuate food insecurity and malnutrition in Cambodia.
The country experienced extensive flooding at the end of 2011 and again in 2013, destroying homes, crops and livelihoods. Thousands of people were displaced, in desperate need of food, temporary shelter, clean drinking water, proper sanitation and basic health services.
What we are doing
Action Against Hunger supported vulnerable communities in Cambodia from 1988 to 2007 through programmes in food security, disaster risk management, and water, sanitation and hygiene. When our teams left, the country’s malnutrition rates were low and the humanitarian situation had stabilised.
Cambodia has shown great national interest in nutrition, and the Ministry of Health does have strategies to address malnutrition. But while the political will exists, progress is limited by a lack of capacity, education and resources. To make positive steps towards a healthier population, Cambodia must work to strengthen the capacity of government agencies and local communities alike to address child hunger.
In December 2012 Action Against Hunger reassessed the situation in Cambodia and decided to re-establish programmes. Since that time, our dedicated team has developed the strategic direction for our programmes and is working with the national government and other non-profit partners, promoting a positive, holistic approach to end malnutrition in Cambodia.