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Improved Food Security & Market Linkages for Smallholders in Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear (MALIS)

The objectives of the project: Enhanced agricultural productivities, income, nutritional status and resilience to external shocks for vulnerable smallholder farmers in the four targeted communes of Changkal and Samrong district. 
This is to be produced and achieved the following outputs and outcomes: 
1.    Increased agricultural productivity, diversity and resilience of farming systems(including livestock), for target beneficiary households through farmer field schools;
2.    Improved marketing linkages, value adding and profitability for targeted smallholders and farming groups; 
3.    Improved family feeding practices and nutrition through nutrition education;
4.    Strengthened institutional capacity of local authorities, community-based organization and Agricultural Cooperatives.
The main activities: 
1.    Training of trainers for FFS process for NGO staffs: 
2.    Conducting 24 Farmer Field School Activities on Vegetable, rice production, Chickens and cassava)
3.    Improving market access for smallholders for both input supplies (including credit) and produce market.
4.    Conducting the training on Farmer Business Schools.
5.    Post-harvest loss reduction and quality improvement for rice, other grains, root crops and fruits and vegetables.
6.    Providing the family feeding practices and nutrition through nutrition education awareness.
7.    Strengthening institutional capacity of local authorities and community-based organizations and Agricultural Cooperatives (AC).
8.    Organize farmer visits and exchange of experience for NGOs, CBOs and government staff.

The project period: 2 years (from 2013 to 2015).
Funding: from EU through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO/MALIS).

This project target areas: 15 target villages of 4 communes (Cheung Tien, Pong Ro, Kouk Kriel and Bansay Reak commune) in two districts, (Changkal & Samraong) of Oddar Meanchey (estimated 3,500 beneficiaries).