ODOV does rural development work in several districts in Prey Veng Province of Cambodia. There are two main areas of focus in which ODOV specializes: food security and vocational training. These are both aimed at increasing the capacity of local inhabitants and their communities to practice sustainable livelihoods and adapt to problems associated with climate change.
Food Security Projects
The main goals of this project are to increase food and livelihood security for individuals and rural communities of Prey Veng province in Cambodia through providing reliable and diverse sources of food and income through resilient small-scale agricultural production. The innovative approach of this project is focused on the combination of several key activities, including fishponds, water vegetable production, upland vegetable production, and food forests to create diverse and complementary small-scale agricultural production systems that also contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. This project was developed to improve the capacity of local individuals and communities to adapt to climate change in a region especially vulnerable to those impacts due to location, high rate of poverty, and reliance on climate sensitive activities such as rice cultivation. This project includes approximately 17,383 direct beneficiaries spread through 90 villages in the target area.
Vocational Training Projects
The overall goal of this project is to increase vocational and entrepreneurship skills for youth, both male and female, for earned income, different career and educational opportunities, reduced need for economic migration, and ultimately, improved quality of life. This is achieved through providing the training to youth to learn the desired vocational skills with Master Craft Persons at the apprenticeship. The youth are also trained in the field of business management and soft skills. The project is designed to address issues associated with limited economic opportunities in Prey Veng province, focusing on youth from disadvantaged households facing issues such as un/underemployment, inadequate education, and high migration rates. Over the three-year course of the project, there will be 100 youth in five districts of Prey Veng province who will be capable of utilizing skills for gained incomes or additional career opportunities. By expanding economic opportunities, the project has direct impacts on their lives and indirect impacts on their families and communities.