Food security and a lack of awareness of basic nutrition continue to be problems in many parts of Cambodia, and the resulting poor health and malnutrition adversely affect the development and school attendance of children. The goal of the Green Health Project was to achieve sustainable improvements in the quality of life of children and their families in poor rural areas through better diets and more effective participation by children in education.
The Green Health Project was implemented in three districts in Prey Veng Province. Six communities saw nutrition and vegetable integrated pest management and local life skills programs and community demonstration gardens in year 1. Year 2 focused on scaling up project activities in 15 targeted communities. Funding was provided by the Food Security Initiatives Fund, a joint Canadian International Development Agency/Royal Government of Cambodia fund managed by the Canadian Cooperation Office.