Research in Cambodia, in collaboration with local universities and governmental entities, focuses on gaining a better understanding of the extent to which the poor engage in different kinds of aquaculture production (including intensive pond culture, cage culture, polyculture, refuge and wild catch, integrated rice-fish culture, and extensive communal pond catch). How to these forms of aquaculture impact on diets and nutrition, and what role does horticulture play in tandem with the consumption of water-based sources of animal protein? This study looks closely at value chain activity, market dynamics, supply and price variability by season for key aquaculture and horticulture products purchased by the poor.
The two questions Nutrition Innovation Lab is seeking to answer in Cambodia are:
a) What have been the impacts of different approaches linking Agriculture, Nutrition and Health on dietary diversity and nutritional status (i.e. geographic co-location of programs, integration of interventions, combinations)?
b) Have programs to increase farmers’ incomes resulted in improved nutrition when not coupled with nutrition programming?