SWFF Program & Innovator News
September 26, 2017
Project Alba: Beyond Rice in Cambodia

Because most farmers in Cambodia grow only rice, prices stay low and farmers earn very little from their crops. Meanwhile, other crops ---    especially healthy vegetables that contain no chemicals  ---    are in high demand. But farmers often lack to the tools and knowledge to cultivate them. This inability to diversify can trap families in a cycle of poverty.

Farmers Hao Bein, 34, and his wife Eang Srey Nheb, 28, live on a small farm in Kampot province along with their ten-year-old daughter. The couple attempted to diversify and grow some vegetables, but the varieties would frequently fail. And when they did grow, Hao and Eang weren't able to get their produce to market.

That all changed in November 2016, when the young couple began working with Project Alba,   a social enterprise that partners with farmers to diversify their crops and increase their income.

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