Banteay Srei works with vulnerable families to improve livelihoods through developing women’s skills in sustainable agriculture, micro-entrepreneurship, disaster preparedness and natural resource management. We provide technical and financial support to communities, especially women from poor families, on small business management, technical production and marketing skills.
Income generating activities currently supported include mushroom farming, handicrafts and fish paste production. We support small business groups to identify and access appropriate micro finance as well as support community women leaders to mobilise and organise saving groups.
In addition, we strengthen capacity of communities on disaster risk reduction, government land use plans and safe migration.
Banteay Srei recognises that climate change and environmental disasters can have serious effects on food security. We work across many different areas to help communities adopt sustainable livelihoods that ensure their long-term wellbeing.
In Kralanch district, Siem Reap province we have been working with the community in a collective learning-through-practice experience which introduces new farming techniques with fruitful results.
Families are encouraged to employ a variety of drought-resistant crops that increase the functional diversity of limited farming land and broaden food security outcomes.
Combined with the use of organic fertilisers, this project is providing a learning experience that these families can use in their own farming practices and share with their local communities.