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Travelling Journal Goes To Cambodia

After successfully passing through the hands of a Chinese farmer, the travelling journal now makes its way to the Damnak Kantourt commune in the Kampot province of Cambodia. The next rural woman to be writing entries in the journal is 56 year-old Chey Siyat, a leader of a village-based farmer association and a mother of five.

Mrs. Chey Siyat facilitating a monthly meeting in the community. (Photo by CEDAC)

Chey’s daily mission is to help farmers deal with the impacts of climate change, raise productivity, and gain greater access to markets through ecological agriculture. She is known for having established a savings and credit facility for farmers, as well as women-only groups that have become lively venues for sharing and addressing community and gender concerns. While she still can’t send her son to a university, the story of how her family survives with limited means serves as an inspiration for others.

Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia will collect everyday writings from eight rural women in different countries to give a personalised voice to a growing clamor to transform agriculture into a more equitable and sustainable system. The initiative is led by Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP), Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC), and East Asia GROW Campaign.

 

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