Cambodia is highly vulnerable to natural disasters such as monsoon floodings in the Mekong and Tonle Sap basin and localised droughts in the plains. Changing climatic conditions pose a threat to livelihoods and food security as Cambodia is experiencing shorter rainy seasons and drier dry seasons. Agriculture is the primary livelihoods sector in rural areas, which are home to 77% of the total population.? Irrigation and monitoring systems have been implemented to mitigate the impact of climate change on agriculture.
27/03: Severe water shortages in north-western Cambodia affect 20,000 hectares of rice fields in 13 provinces. Banan district in Battambang is experiencing water shortages since late October, which will likely impact rice production, a predominant crop and staple in rural areas. Food and livelihood needs are likely.?