Cambodia has transformed in remarkable ways in recent years. The country is at peace after decades of conflict and strong economic growth since the mid-1990s has helped reduce the proportion of people living in poverty. Fertility, child mortality and child malnutrition rates have also declined. Notably, underweight prevalence of children under five dropped from 45 percent to 36 percent between 2000 and 2005.
Yet Cambodia remains a low-income, food-deficit country where nearly a third of the rural population lives below the poverty line. Nearly a quarter of all Cambodians are food-deprived, and the deteriorating health of young children signals an urgent need to strengthen food
Over the next five years in Cambodia, Feed the Future resources will directly help an estimated 138,000 vulnerable Cambodian women, children and family members—mostly smallholder farmers—escape hunger and poverty. More than 89,000 children will be reached with services to improve their nutrition and prevent stunting and child mortality. Significant numbers of additional rural populations will achieve improved income and nutritional status through strategic policy engagement, institutional investments as well as leverage of U.S. Global Climate Change Initiative and other resources.
To meet its objectives, Feed the Future Cambodia is making core investments