Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. It is still marked by the negative consequences of the "Khmer Rouge" regime. Authoritarian rule and a weak democracy are hampering economic development. Agriculture provides a livelihood for some 80 per cent of the population and still has enormous potential for development. Through a broad-based country aid strategy, HEKS/EPER and its partner organizations are working to secure the livelihoods of Cambodian smallholder families and boost their autonomy. This involves several complementary projects to improve agricultural output and foster peaceful coexistence in society.
Thanks to HEKS/EPER, 2019 witnessed the peaceful resolution of 20 conflicts over land and resources, some of them after long periods. As a result, 3600 people obtained access to water, a factor also crucial to agriculture. HEKS/EPER promotes market access for small agricultural producers, and this enabled 51 per cent of 1420 families to increase their income.