State-backed projects affects hundreds of farmers’ livelihoods

Villagers walk across their plot of land in Kandal province. The plot is part of a large swathe of land that will become the site of a new airport. Picture taken March 2, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Over the past two years, hundreds of families in Kandal and Svay Rieng provinces have seen farmland they have cultivated for years and sometimes decades confiscated by the state as part of large scale development projects.

Two farmers charged under COVID law for Svay Rieng land protests released on bail as local families accept compensation

Villagers protesting on August 2 on farmland within the disputed boundary of a Svay Rieng canal restoration project. Supplied

Two representatives of a farming community in Svay Rieng province who have been charged under the COVID-19 law were released on bail as more local families accept state compensation in a farmland dispute sparked by a canal restoration project.