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CARE Australia’s Rural Poor Program works with the poorest and most vulnerable people in Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri and Koh Kong Provinces of Cambodia, particularly those who live in remote rural areas and socially excluded ethnic minorities.
Many villages in these provinces are in remote areas with poor infrastructure, inadequate clean water and sanitation facilities and limited access to schools and health services. Moreover, these communities have weak market linkages, receive lower prices for produce and face higher costs for transport and the purchase of household goods.
Rural Poor Program seeks to address problems that lead to a perpetuation of extreme poverty and food insecurity amongst the target groups through a range of strategies including…
Photo: CARE is assisting families to have clean water, grow food in home gardens, benefit from health programs and learn new farming skills” ©Josh Estey/CARE
Tol Ry is a 21-year-old Khmer man, born in the lowlands of Cambodia, who migrated to the north east of the country in search of better work opportunities. He settled in Tus Village in Ratanakiri Province and is now married.
In 2012 he joined CARE’s chicken raising training program. He volunteered to set up a demonstration site at his house where other villagers could join in and learn too. In the training, Ry and others learned how to improve the selection of chicken varieties, construct a chicken house and put up secure fencing. He was particularly interested in learning about how to make quality chicken feed, which is now overseen by a Chicken Feed Production Group.
Since the training, Ry’s chicken-raising enterprise has produced some very good results. He has also diversified and started a vegetable garden, improved his rice production and is raising pigs. ‘For me this is only the first step,’ enthuses Ry. ‘I want to achieve even more.’