Land Degradation in Rural Communities: Balancing Development and Conservation in Cambodia

*Photography by Manuth Buth  Desertification and land degradation are global issues with far-reaching and pressing implications. Here in Cambodia, soil erosion, deforestation, and competitive land use are causing land degradation, depleting ecological services and watershed functions, and threatening rural livelihoods. Tackling these issues head-on, several government-led projects are leveraging education and sustainable agricultural practices to … Continue reading Land Degradation in Rural Communities: Balancing Development and Conservation in Cambodia

The Untapped Potential of Cambodian Women: My Conversation with University Students on Gender Equality

Cambodia has made progress on closing the nation’s gender gap in recent years, but deeply rooted gender inequalities and gender roles remain evident. Intertwined cultural traditions and societal norms contribute to discriminatory behaviours, often underpinning stereotypes and misconceptions regarding the value of women in Cambodian society.

No Biodiversity, No Rice: Deforestation and Land Degradation are Contributing to Food Insecurity and Poor Health in Cambodia

For Cambodians living in busy city centres, food scarcity may not be top of mind, but for 80 percent of citizens residing in rural areas, food production is a losing battle. Climate change, caused in part by deforestation and land degradation, is escalating food insecurity in Cambodia’s rural communities. If we cannot mitigate and prevent … Continue reading No Biodiversity, No Rice: Deforestation and Land Degradation are Contributing to Food Insecurity and Poor Health in Cambodia

A Nation Defined, But Not Defeated: An Unexpected Lesson Learned from Cambodia

Landing in Phnom Penh was a blur. A surreal, overwhelming whirlwind of emotions. Crippled with a combination of insufficient sleep and a mild hangover, I timidly made my way outside the international airport in Cambodia, my brain offensively attempting to navigate sensory overload. “Here we go,” I thought—or perhaps I was talking to myself out … Continue reading A Nation Defined, But Not Defeated: An Unexpected Lesson Learned from Cambodia