Organzation Background

Village Support Group (VSG) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization for individuals, which was established in Battambng first in 1994 and is a transit project after civil war to help people in Battambang and those living along Cambodian-Thai border through agricultural and healthcare projects. By the end of 1994 VSG was transformed by the goals of four researchers to continue social development work in order to help poor residents in rural areas, in particular vulnerable people use their own rights in a just means. The first fund amounting to $3000.00 from IWDA was used for short-term rice project and a variety of crops to help improve the living condition of poor people.

Because of the reputation and good fame of VSG, Oxfam GB in 1997 extended its assistance for formation and strengthening of self-help groups through trainings on development of saving-group project and rice bank to targeted groups of VSG. From then VSG has been expanding its development work, in response to social development issues in order to take part in application of rights and democracy, such as projects of healthcare, social economic education in support of civil society, community-based organization and relevant institutions in exchange of society on the basis of its role performance, responsibility in an accountable and transparent way to respond to social requirements and provisions of social services over environment, human rights, rights and democracy at local levels.

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Area of Focus

Community Fishery (CFi) and Community Protected Area (CPA) Task Force:

This project was undertaken by Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery (MoAF). VSG organized CFis in two provinces from the earliest organization stages through creation of the CFi groups and training them. Steps included development of appropriate by-laws, producing maps, boundary demarcation, and preparing inventory lists such as flood forest locations, public fishing areas, rivers, lakes and streams, private fishing lot areas, and informal fishing lot investment areas. VSG also assisted in preparing the private fishing lot and management plan through using public participation in decision making. This involved engaging appropriate government agencies and facilitating between non-political opposed citizena, fishers and other private sector members. Communities contributed through volunteering, input, changing trading patterns and using the fishery in a sustainable way. A big focus was promoting change through the existing legal system. VSG applied this same process with CPAs to improve the capacity of local community representatives. The aim was for public participation to result in the sustainable use of natural resources in protected areas. This project was partnered with Department of Environment (DoE).

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LIFE - I Project

Life project that focused on lives of wildlife in landscape and floodplain areas, the goal of the project is to mainstream conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services, while for improving human well-being in those areas and the objective to set up the community fisheries-species conservation to evaluate the impacts of development, and to identify key ‘ecosystem relevant’ conservation plans for effective conservation principles, climate change adaptation, and the sustainable cyclic use plan. Although in the previous time, VSG has built the capacities the management committees...

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PROCEED Phase II

VSG is an NGO that works for a fairer society in the northwest of Cambodia through capacity building in areas of forestry, fishing, natural resource management, and good governance.In 2012, WGPD member organization the Village Support Group (VSG) began implementing a community project through PROCEED, a large-scale citizen engagement program funded by Pact Cambodia. VSG used a range of interventions from training, coaching, and public forums to support stronger dialogue among citizens, CBOs, commune chiefs, and the district council. VSG and Pact first worked together to develop a training manual that provided

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Rice Field Fisheries Phase II

Feed the Future Cambodia - Rice Field Fisheries Phase II. VSG in cooperation with FiAC and co-facilitated by WorldFish provincial coordinator, we have conducted the community election to elect the potential persons in the community to assist in the project operation. Before the election started in all new 22 CFRs, the project team had conducted the consultation meeting with FiAC to discuss the agenda, the election criteria and the election procedure. There were 839 participants included 364 as women from the target CFRs, participated in this event. As the total and result from the community...

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AVRDC/World Vegetable Center

WorldFish is the administrative management body for the project called “Deploying Vegetable Seed Kits to Tackle Malnutrition in Cambodia” for AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center. The project objective is to reduce malnutrition in the USAID Feed the Future (FTF) target provinces especially of women and children, through diet diversification, by promoting the production and consumption of nutritious vegetables containing essential vitamins and micronutrients such as iron, folate and zinc and also vitamins A and C.This project was supported by AVRDC/World Vegetable Center (International Company) and Fund by USAID.

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Home Stead Food Production

During this reporting period, the project has selected 46 village model farmers (10 females, 36 males) and 460 households in 42 villages (19 villages for Treatment Arm and 23 villages for Positive Control Arm), 210 households in 21 other villages also selected for True Control Arm with no project intervention but with regular visit by project staff to monitor changes. 46 (10 females, 36 males) village model farmers (VMF) have received 2 days training on roles and responsibilities, land management, seed bed preparation, growing, and chicken raising techniques by the department of district agriculture trainers...

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Water Save Live (WSL)

As quarterly project results, 14 water communities (CWCF) are ready organised and structured through election. Each of 14 CBOs has at least 9-16 committee members as leaders, deputy leaders, accountants and trainers elected by 582 participants including 179 women in 12 communes of 7 districts (five districts in BMC and two in BTB). There are 582 participants, including 179 women who took part in project implementation. They accessed their rights to elect community representatives as CBOs committees managing irrigation system and water resource consumption. For over more than 3 months, there are 25

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Family Farm for Future

WorldFish is the administrative management body for the project called “Deploying Vegetable Seed Kits to Tackle Malnutrition in Cambodia” for AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center. The project objective is to reduce malnutrition in the USAID Feed the Future (FTF) target provinces especially of women and children, through diet diversification, by promoting the production and consumption of nutritious vegetables containing essential vitamins and micronutrients such as iron, folate and zinc and also vitamins A and C.This project was supported by AVRDC/World Vegetable Center (International Company) and Fund by USAID.

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Documentations

During this reporting period, the project has selected 46 village model farmers (10 females, 36 males) and 460 households in 42 villages (19 villages for Treatment Arm and 23 villages for Positive Control Arm), 210 households in 21 other villages also selected for True Control Arm with no project intervention but with regular visit by project staff to monitor changes. 46 (10 females, 36 males) village model farmers (VMF) have received 2 days training on roles and responsibilities, land management, seed bed preparation, growing, and chicken raising techniques by the department of district agriculture trainers...

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Story of Change

Active Female Citizen Leader in Democratic Development: A 53-years old, quite tall, with mix colors of black and gray hair, Ms. Y Phakny, is a widower with 4 dependent children, living in Takoy village, Bansay Treng commune, Thmar Koul district, Battambang province. She was previously selected as a Community Mobilization Committee (CMC) member during the implementation of Local Administration and Reforms (LAAR) program. Since 2013, through Promoting Citizen Engagement in Democratic Development project, she was selected as citizen leader. She has been trained and coached to be knowledgeable and skillful citizen and councils for the implementation of democratic

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Take part in reduction of hardship of people in poverty to ensure a sustainable livelihood and capacity building over:

  • Agricultural technique provision
  • Development work of farmer associations and community fishery
  • Access to agro-commercial markets for the poor
  • Proliferation of social society
  • Health of humans, environment and quality of education
  • Income generation for people

Our vision is any society community people are living in peacefully, environmentally with environmental health and food security for all people, there will be a sustainable economic development, self-reliance and fair and democratic gender sensitization.

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