ODOV is a local Cambodian NGO with an office located in Mesang district, Prey Veng Province, approximately 100km from Phnom Penh. ODOV works to increase food and livelihood security and gender equity for vulnerable households in several districts of Prey Veng province.
ODOV initially began as the Mesang Integrated Community Development Program, a project of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), before becoming localized in 2004. In April 2005, ODOV was recognized and registered with Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior as an official NGO.
Since its localization in 2004, ODOV has worked toward sustainability and self-sufficiency in its projects. Some of the major projects ODOV has focused on have included creation of Village Banks, Agricultural Cooperatives (ACs), and Producer Groups. The goal with each is to facilitate their founding and then gradually decrease direct involvement to allow them to become independent and self-operating. Eventually ODOV relinquishes oversight entirely, though remains available for counsel or assistance as needed.
ODOV has to date set up 76 self-sustaining Village Banks with 50 farmers each. Within each group, there are five leaders trained with financial management, business development, team building, and problem-solving skills. Along with the Village Banks, ODOV implemented Village Model Farms which serve as a demonstration site, centre for practical training for community members, and a source for agricultural inputs and technical training. ODOV trained more than 10,000 farmers in family nutrition, food preparation, and sustainable agricultural techniques. 10 Agricultural Cooperatives (ACs) and 22 Producer Groups were formed by ODOV as well
Partners and Funding
ODOV has been implementing and completing projects supported through multiple international and national donors. ODOV received grants from Canadian Food-Grains Bank over the past six years. ODOV implemented the Integrated Community Development projects with grants provided by the Mennonite Central Committee for more than ten years. ODOV also received ten years of grants through Helen Keller International, Cambodia to implement homestead food production for improved food security and nutrition among mothers and children. USAID contributed a four-year grant to ODOV through Pact Cambodia to implement a project called “Local Administration and Reform” promoting decentralization and de-concentration as well as improvement of local governance at the sub-national level. ODOV received a one-year grant Forum Syd to implement a climate change project and has received funding from World Renew to implement holistic community development. Currently, ODOV received funds from the Cambodian government through the General Directory of Agriculture to implement a food security project. This project encourages farmers using Good Agricultural Practice to produce vegetables to meet the demand of the market.
ODOV is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of 7 Cambodians all working as leaders in the development sector. The board provides direction and guidance for the organization in accordance with ODOV’s vision and mission. Additionally, organizational strategy is regularly assessed through an internal Management Committee. ODOV’s Executive Director, Mr. Tes Sopheat, is accountable to the Board of Directors.