Small-scale Aquaculture to Strengthen Food Security in Cambodia (CIFSRF)

Cambodia produces enough rice to feed its population, but maternal and child under-nutrition remains high because of a lack of crop diversity and a lack of nutrient-rich food. Over a third of deaths under the age of five are directly related to under-nutrition and poor feeding practices.

This project is studying how an integrated Homestead Food Production system can reduce poverty and food insecurity, particularly among women and children. Homestead Food Production is an environmentally sustainable, year-round production system usually focused on high-nutrient vegetables and fruit, and egg-laying hens. This project, however, replaces eggs with fish, a traditional food that is rich in iron, vitamin A, protein, and essential fatty acids.

Six hundred (600) households largely headed by women farmers are raising small nutrient-rich fish for their families' consumption in the same ponds as large fish, which can be sold for income. Households are also receiving guidance in accessing markets for their produce and fish. A randomized control trial is helping to determine the impact of the intervention on household food security, incomes, and nutrition, particularly among women and children. The project also studies opportunities to scale up the model for broader use throughout Cambodia and the region.

This project is supported by IDRC and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada through the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF).

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Start Date

Thursday, March 1, 2012

End Date

Monday, September 1, 2014


30 months

IDRC Officer

Wesley, Annie

Total funding

CA$ 2,658,845


Cambodia, Far East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Canada


Canadian International Food Security Research Fund

Project Leader

Aminuzzaman Talukder


Helen Keller International

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Tim Green


University of British Columbia

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