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Issue No:85
  • :0976 1121
  • :May
  • :2021

Samudra Report No.85, May 2021


Cambodia / COVID-19

A Ripple Effect

The post-COVID-19 lockdowns did not just hit fishing operations and markets in Cambodia but also resulted in nutritional insecurity for the most vulnerable small-scale fishers

This article is by Kyoko Kusakabe (, Asian Institute of Technology; Sokmoly Uon (, Cambodian Institute for Research and Rural Development (CIRD) and Sereyvath Prak (, Cambodian Institute for Research and Rural Development, Cambodia

By April 2021 Cambodia had recorded more than 2,500 cases of COVID-19 and 16 deaths. The government closed schools, discouraged mass gatherings and restricted travel from severely affected countries. The lockdowns impaired two major sectors of the country’s economy: the garment industry and tourism.

Ms Lo, a grocery shop owner, felt this first-hand. Her husband and sons are fishermen and boatmen for tourists; the family owns a fuel shop, too. The family’s income decreased by 50 per cent during the pandemic. “Not many tourists coming to our village. We have adequate food, but it is not really a nutritious diet. We borrow money from microfinance institutions in order to support our livelihood and to continue fishing,” she says.

Lo’s story is not an exception....

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