KAMPONG CHHNANG: From 24-27 May 2011, a group of 20 staff of CEDAC, including Program Officer, Program Assistant, Project Coordinator, Project officer, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and Farmer Community Facilitators (FCFs) conducting a baseline survey for the project “Promoting Climate Resilient Livelihoods for Small-Scale Farmers in Samaky Meanchey District of Kompong Chhnang Province” in 5 villages in Thlork Vien Commune, Samaky Meanchey District, Kampong Chhnang Province. The purpose of this survey is to find out the initial situation of the target groups in relation to incomes and livelihood activities, agricultural production and their adaptive capacity to respond climate change and climate hazards. The result of this survey will be used for measuring the project progress and its impact at the end of its intervention in April 2012. Therefore, it means that another survey will be conducted in order to measure the changes at the end of the project implementation.

Different methodologies were conducted for the survey including individual interview with farmers and local authorities as well as Focus Group Discussion with key informants (village chief, representatives of farmer groups, women, management committee members of village based farmer associations etc). The study team expected to interview 100 respondents and organized 5 focus group discussion meetings.

It is important to notice that CEDAC is a partner of DanChurch Aid/Christina Aid (DCA/CA) for a Joint Climate Change Initiative of Capacity Development of Cambodian NGOs (JCCI Phase I). JCCI was a project implemented by 3 international Non-Governmental Organizations including Cord, DCA/CA, and ForumSyd in purpose of providing capacity building for Cambodian NGOs on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

After the completion of JCCI project phase I and in order to link between the theory and practice, ForumSyd provided small grant to each NGO partner to implement a pilot project within a period of fifteen months. Notably, CEDAC is also one among 10 partners that received funding support from ForumSyd to implement the project mentioned above.