World Bank Approves $93 Million to Help Cambodian Poor Farmers, Indigenous Communities​

World Bank approved $93 million credit for Cambodia Land Allocation for Social and Economic Development Project III (LASED III), according to the World Bank press release on June 26, 2020.

This project is to help improve the security of land tenure, infrastructure access and agricultural and social services for poor and landless people and indigenous communities in Cambodia.

The government has created legal framework for Social Land Concessions (SLC) to expand land titling for poor families and has promoted Communal Land Titling (ICLT) to enhance tenure security for indigenous people.

LASED III is the third phase of LASED which will help support Social Land Concessions (SLC) and Communal Land Titling (ICLT) programs.

Inguna Dobraja, World Bank Country Manager for Cambodia, stated in the World Bank press release that, “LASED III will help the government to continue providing land and land titles to landless and land-poor families and to ensure land tenure security for indigenous communities in the project targeted areas.”

“LASED III will cover 71 sites and communities in all provinces in Cambodia except Phnom Penh. The project will support building rural roads, small-scale irrigation systems, water supply and sanitation facilities, school buildings, teachers’ houses, health posts and community centers. New SLC beneficiaries will receive assistance for their first-year crops, including seedlings,” according to the World Bank.

It said that “The project will also provide technical assistance to implement climate-smart agriculture techniques, establish farmers’ organizations for production and marketing activities, and manage community funds to scale up local economic activities.”

By: LUNG Vannak