Vocational Training and Life Skills
Cambodia’s main agricultural products are rubber, rice, timber, cotton, cashew nuts, and tobacco, which are mainly for export. Other agricultural products include maize, beans, cassava, nuts, and vegetables and fruits, which are mainly for local consumption. Thus, bananas, tomatoes, tamarind, pineapple, guava, and mangoes, etc. were promoted for food processing by the TCO team in order to add value to the farmers’ products in the targeted area. Those products will serve as additional foods, on one hand, and generate more income, on the other hand.
In some of the targeted villages, women were taught various vocational training skills, including the methodology of small businesses and social innovators, as well as community health promoters. After completion of their vocational skill/life skills, they were encouraged to start up their own business through the TCO’s networks.
TCO conducted various agricultural training, including:
- Fish raising, eel, frogs…etc
- Chicken, ducks, pigs and relevant livestock…etc
- Solid and liquid composting techniques
- Earth worms, termites…etc
- Organic vegetable production training, oyster mushroom training, and rice straw mushroom growing technique training
Sustainable community development
- The strategy of TCO in community development is to use a bottom-up strategy by working closely with the Commune Councils (CC) and with at least 10% of the total population in each village to form community organizations and/or village organizations, as well as self-help groups and saving groups.
- Working closely with the poorest of the poor in rural areas and vulnerable groups by enhancing socio-economic, innovative, talent, educational, technological, and environmental conditions.
- Cooperating with sub-national committees for democratic developments to meet the grassroots needs, including the village, commune, district and provincial levels, to address their needs in CIP, DIW…etc, and cooperating with relevant NGO networks and other Membership NGOs.