In Cambodia, innovative market-based strategies helped capitalize on water efficiency gains for small farmers. Demand for high value crops is rapidly increasing in Cambodia’s urban areas. This project designed a strategy to enable smallholders to establish links to markets for their products, while encouraging adoption of water and food technologies.
Improved water efficiency, primarily in the form of irrigation drip-kits, resulted in water savings, lower labor requirements and improved yields. Income of the target farmers more than doubled. A strategy of drip irrigation in conjunction with improved soil fertility, high value crops, appropriate horticulture training for farmers, and better market integration leads to enhanced water productivity and improved livelihoods.
Anon. Enhancing Water Productivity and Improving Livelihoods Through Drip Irrigation and BetterMarket Integration in Cambodia. The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food, Sri Lanka (2013) 4 pp.