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sustainable development

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Sustainable development Sustainable development means development that ensures that the use of resources and the environment today does not restrict their use for future generations. Cambodia - Banking on a Buffalo More than 30 percent of Cambodia's population lives below the poverty line. This percentage is even higher for Cambodians living in rural areas who are mainly subsistence farmers relying on agriculture, fishing and forests to meet their daily needs. While rice is a staple food, but most rural Cambodians cannot grow enough rice to feed their families throughout the year. So to ensure they have enough food for an active and healthy life, Oxfam is making rice and buffalo 'banks'. ...read more.


Buffalo calves are a crucial aspect of the program. The first and third offspring from the buffalo are returned to the bank and given to another family to use. The second and fourth offspring are the family's to keep. After the fourth calf, the original buffalo is also returned to the bank. Ethiopia - Growing crops and Opportunities Nowhere is the value of water more clear than in this parched stretch of Ethiopian farmland 110 miles south of Addis Ababa where rainfall is scant and increasingly unreliable. For many of the region's 10,000 villagers, easy access to water means the difference between poverty and opportunity. With the help of Oxfam and its partner, the Selam Environmental Development Association (SEDA), a series of small scale irrigation projects has planted hope ...read more.


In 2000, farmers from the village of Walinbula asked SEDA to help them set up an irrigation system on land that was unproductive. The farmers knew of the benefits of irrigation from having worked as labourers on state-owned farms during the communist military regime. Oxfam began funding the projects in 2001. With simple technology - pipes, pumps, and diesel engines - farmers were finally able to pull the precious water from Lake Ziway. They also received training in modern cultivation practices, soil conservation, and marketing techniques. Add to that fertilizer and high-quality vegetable seeds, and farmers are not only growing enough food to feed their families, but they are selling the extra produce at market and building up their assets. Additionally, some farmers have started to organize into cooperatives to ensure a fair price for their produce. ...read more.

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