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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 (kyokok@ait.asia), Asian Institute of Technology; Sokmoly Uon (uonsokmoly@gmail.com), Cambodian Institute for Research and Rural Development (CIRD) and Sereyvath Prak (praksereyvath@cird.org.kh), 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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