This project was designed to help benefit communities that are dependent on the Tonle Sap watershed and lake for sustenance, through rice farming or fishing. In contrast to many aid projects in which an outside source determines a community’s challenges without input from its members, this was a community-driven project.
Community committees were formed to be a representative slice of each village. They were then asked to determine the largest problem their communities faced. Challenges included failing infrastructure, poor fish stocks, and trouble working with local health authorities. They were then coached on community organizing and helped to devise action plans which would address their community challenges. Through a combination of group savings accounts, collective organizing, and persuasion, the communities were able to solve their problems while obtaining valuable self-governance skills.
This project was run in cooperation between WorldFish, TCO and multiple other local NGOs operating from their jurisdictions. The Aquatic Agricultural Systems Project was also conducted in order to obtain technical information for the WorldFish CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on:
– The community visioning process; development of community action plan and NGO workplan to monitor progress over 5 months;
– Documenting village profiles and the network profile of key
– Creating a useful framework for future community development projects that could be shared with other NGOs.
(This project was conducted between 2013 and 2015)