A man who is shoulder-deep in a pond pulls water lily buds from the underwater plants.

A man harvests water lilies from a Community Fish Refuge in Pursat, Cambodia. The Feed the Future Cambodia Rice Field Fisheries II is supporting 140 communities in rural Cambodia to improve and manage local Community Fish Refuges to provide improved habitat and protection for valuable wild fish populations, and to provide water for many other uses, particularly in seasonal and unseasonable dry periods. Well-managed fish refuges led to a 71% increase in fish catch by the poorest households, strengthening food and nutrition security. Photo credit:

Protecting precious wild fish

Copyright © 2019 US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Country Cambodia
Topics Food Security and Agriculture, Natural Resource Management

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