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Remarks by Rebecca Black for the Rice Field Fisheries Enhancement Project Lessons Learned Workshop

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Contributors: USAID
Friday, October 18, 2013 | USAID Cambodia Mission Director Rebecca Black delivers remarks on October 18, 2013. | Lessons Learned and Experiences from the Rice Field Fisheries Enhancement Project | Remarks by Rebecca Black, USAID Mission Director | Cambodiana Hotel, October 18, 2013

 

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Your excellency Dr. Nao Thouk,  Director General of The Cambodian Fisheries Administration
Mr. Alan Brooks
Ladies and gentlemen

 

It gives me great pleasure to join you here today.  Fish and fisheries are of vital importance to this country.  We all know that fish is Cambodia’s most important source of animal protein.  But fish also represents 25% of the country’s agricultural value.  If we can help increase and sustain the availability of this important resource – we tackle nutrition and poverty head on.

 

USAID Cambodia is implementing one of President Obama’s key initiatives, Feed the Future to fight global hunger and malnutrition and help communities pull themselves out of poverty.  Nowhere is this more important than here in Cambodia.  We know that malnutrition and lack of early child development continues to hold back the country’s children.  We also know that one out of four Cambodians lives below the poverty line and many more very close to the line.  Think about what kind of opportunities await once we eliminate these challenges.

 

I am proud to say that Feed the Future is working hard at doing just that, all over the world.  Over the last year 7.5 million people around the globe adopted new techniques to grow food and their incomes as a result of U.S. government support.  Nearly 4 million hectares of land are now under improved cultivation and management practices.  The value of exports of certain agricultural commodities increased in value by $84 million and the value of agricultural and rural loans grew by more than $150 million.  We are proud of these achievements but we know our work is not finished.

 

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