Battambang: From 3 to 6 July 2011, Mr. Bao Vuthy Program Officer of CEDAC’s Field Program conducted a field mission to the project titled “Securing rights to land and sustainable livelihoods in Battambang”. The purpose of this visit was to seek for understanding on the situation of villagers regarding to progress of social land concession provision as well as the villagers’ livelihood condition in Boeung Pram Zone, Ampil Pramdeum Commune, Bavel district, Battambang province.
In the first day, one group discussion meeting was organized with 80 community people, including villagers, village chief, commune chief, and women’s group members. As a result, key problems and priority needs of the community people were verified during the meeting. It is important to notice that the villagers need technical assistance in sustainable agricultural technique from CEDAC.
In the second day, CEDAC and LWD team members discussed the progress of Social Land Concession provision for the villagers with Bavel district governor. The meeting came out with positive result, the government has already planned to provide more than 3,600 hectare to about 1,700 landless families in Boeung Pram Zone. At the end, a wrap-up meeting was organized between CEDAC and LWD to reflect on the project implementation, including progress, challenges and solutions encountered in the first semester from January to June 2011.
It is important to emphasize that the project mentioned above is provided by the European Union (EU) with total budget of EUR 700,000 in the period of 36 months. DCA/CA is the main applicant, and CEDAC and LWD are the project partners. LWD is responsible for helping farmers to access land and CEDAC is responsible for livelihood promotion. The project aims to alleviate rural poverty by securing access to land and improving quality of life of vulnerable households, with the following specific objectives:
1) Local authorities are able to implement social land concession (SLC) project with participation of seven rural communities to secure land rights for 1,736 vulnerable households, 2) Empowered seven communities with 8,393 people are able to use secured land for improved and sustainable livelihoods