Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain Program

Irrigation and Water Management

In its first five years, CAVAC constructed 20 irrigation schemes that now deliver year-round water to over 19 000 households, allowing for double or triple rice cropping each year. This means farmers can now potentially produce an extra 200,000 tonnes of rice per year, valued at over US$43 million.

Our schemes focus on farmland in areas where surface water from rivers can be diverted via canals to farms farther away. We consult closely with local communities to select locations and then we provide the knowledge and support so that farmers can manage and maintain the schemes after construction.

In the second phase of CAVAC, 2016 – 2021, several new schemes are already underway, with another 18,000 to 22,000 households to benefit from year-round water.

To learn more about our community managed irrigation schemes, please click on the case studies on the right.