Villagers gather in a rice field in Siem Reap to be trained on a method for tripling rice farming profits that they will pass on to others in their villages, so that entire communities can increase their incomes to prevent unsafe migration and trafficking.
USAID’s Cambodia Countering Trafficking-in-Persons program, carried out by Winrock International, is supporting local agricultural organization CEDAC to train a total of 400 individuals across three provinces in Cambodia on this rice farming technique, called the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). These individuals will go on to train others in their communities on SRI. This extra income provides stability and prevents vulnerable people from seeking work abroad, which makes them at-risk to trafficking.
Based on tests and case studies by CEDAC, SRI has the potential to increase the profit from one hectare of rice from 490USD to over 1,600USD. This is particularly significant as 80% of Cambodia’s population are farmers.
Over a four-year period, the program aims to help at-risk people address the economic root causes of trafficking and will provide 32,000 at-risk individuals with alternative livelihood assistance.