Are we reaching the poorest of the poor?

Last thursday was the “Women’s Day“, what a pleasure to show progress based from the annual report of the year. Work together and the results are growing up.

CTO working approach is to build self-reliant of agricultural communities. In order to become self-dependent, community must have knowledge, skills, infrastructure and social structure (farmer cooperatives and other CBOs) that enhance agricultural sector and natural resources such as water resources, fishery and land. CTO works to help farmers to shift from subsistent farm to commercial farming applying the result based approach that requires regular follow up, monitoring and evaluation of outputs, outcomes and impacts.

There are significant evidences for the gender equality and women’s participation among the project’s beneficiaries. In the context of Cambodia for remote areas, traditionally women are most vulnerable objects in society so helping women means helping the poorest in society. By applied FRAS we can ensure that at least 50% of resource are allocated to women. Inclusiveness is one of major approach of the project to reach the poor. They often are the ones who are exclude from social and economic activities due to their remote house location, shy-away from better off farmers, or their ignorance of the benefit from social and economic integration. The project is systematically working with CC, SHG/ VSLA and AC to include poor farmers into these social and economic systems. Significantly, the project can see increases in members of SHG/VSLA and AC, about 80% of members are poor families. As the result, these poor farmers can access to better farming skill, market information network and get opportunity to learn from business experiences from other success members.

CTO project’s target beneficiaries 80% are poor farmers including women smallholder farmers at rural areas. The total target farmers in 2017 are 2500 farmers (1296 female). The poverty rate in the target areas is 27.3% in 2015 and 13.3% decreased in 2017 based to income survey by project. There is also a high rate of illiteracy among farmers aged above 40 years old as most of them spend their childhood and youth hood long in wartime. This high rate existed of illiteracy is part of disturbance in combating poverty. The combination of high illiteracy of rural more than in the main city, the access to basic right is poor and they do need awareness and access to basic level in 6 human rights. Currently, remain about 17% of the target beneficiaries are making income less than one dollar a day.

Annual project reported 2016 – 2017 

Abbreviation List

CC : Commune Council

CTO : Community Translation Organization

WE : WeEffect

SHGs : Self Help Group

VSLA : Village Saving Loan Association

H.a : Hectares

AC : Agricultural Cooperative

CBOs : Community Base Organization