Farmers struggle to repay debt as pandemic wreaks havoc on agricultural costs

Farmers plant rice in a paddy field in Kampong Chhnag province. Picture taken on August 2016. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

With the pandemic continuing to impact production costs, smallholder farmers say they are struggling to repay debt to banks and microfinance institutions, and pulling their children out of school to make ends meet.

Cambodia burns Indian buffalo meat allegedly infected with COVID-19

Strips of buffalo meat dry in front of a restaurant along a street in Phnom Penh, July 27. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Authorities in Kampong Speu province have burned three containers worth of frozen buffalo meat imported from India that allegedly tested positive for COVID-19, despite a request from the Indian embassy requesting that the meat be retested. The Indian embassy in Phnom Penh maintains that there is no scientific evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through frozen food.

Kratie’s indigenous community fear losing forest amid large-scale land grab

Cassava plants on an illegal cleared portion of the Phnom Ses community forest in Kratie province's Sambo district. Photo taken in October 2020. CYN

Nearly half of an indigenous community forest in Kratie province has been destroyed and cleared by unknown groups and locals accuse provincial authorities of failing to stop the encroachment.