Action Against Hunger testing the development of a hygiene promotion game with children in Cambodia. Supported by Google developers.

Cambodia

In Cambodia, almost a third of children under five are stunted, and 9.6% suffer from wasting.

In Cambodia, the impressive economic growth of the last decade has had little impact on the most vulnerable households, who face significant deterioration on their livelihoods due to deforestation and climate change.

The nutrition situation in Cambodia is alarming, and has not improved over the last ten years: 32.4% of children under five are stunted, and 9.6% are wasted.

40,838
People we helped in 2017

What we are doing

To help villagers in rural, remote areas overcome this spiral, Action Against Hunger scaled up our activities in the country in 2017. Based on findings of our 2016 analysis, we launched a multisectoral pilot project in one district of Preah Vihear. By acting simultaneously on five different levels - nutrition, capacity building, water, sanitation and hygiene, food security and gender - at a small scale, we aim to demonstrate a new model in the fight against undernutrition in Cambodia. Our ambition is to eventually scale to regional or national levels. This project, alongside others implemented throughout the year, allowed us to develop complementary approaches, such as social marketing strategies, adapted to fit Cambodia and its people.

Action Against Hunger staff work closely with the population to assist them in developing household and community assets, such as ponds or rice banks, while training them on nutrition, hygiene and food security issues, to strengthen communities' resilience and autonomy.

Chen Korn and her 15 month old son Khorn Sokunna. Chen is the newly appointed treasurer of a newly formed community rice bank coordinated by Action Against Hunger, in her home in the village of Kompenh, Preah Vihear province, Cambodia
Chen Korn and her 15 month old son Khorn Sokunna. Chen is the newly appointed treasurer of a newly formed community rice bank coordinated by Action Against Hunger, in her home in the village of Kompenh, Preah Vihear province, Cambodia

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Photo credits: © Guy Calaf / Action Against Hunger

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Facts

Staff
33
Operating since
2013
Bases
Phnom Penh, Preah Vihear, Kampong Thom, Chhuk