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Three quarters of the world's population lack legally protected land rights, which fosters a deficit of investment and innovation. The Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security (ILF II) project supports smallholder farmers to acquire land and create a livelihood.
Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security (ILF II)
2016 till 2022
6 Millionen Euro
Cambodia (Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom and Kratie)
“My life has completely changed after receiving the land title certificate. I am now certain that I am the landowner. My hard work has paid off with an amazing gift. I never expected that my husband and I could shift from being employed to being self-employed like this. In the last 10 years, I only lived day by day but now I can think and plan ahead for my family and myself.”
In June 2018, Mrs. Un Hor received the land title certificate from the provincial land department in Kratie, Cambodia, after having settled on and farmed the received land for the past 10 years. “I cannot find any words to describe my feelings. I was happy when the two papers were in my hands because it means that I am a landowner. The rumour is no longer a rumour and I feel so secure that nobody can grab my land from me.”
Mrs. Un Hor has saved money by selling porridge in the morning, selling cassava grown on her farmland, and raising cows at home. With the profits, she plans to expand her house with a new kitchen. The bigger house will be suitable for her two grandchildren to visit and stay with her for some time in the future.
GIZ's “Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security (ILF II)” project aims to support formally landless smallholder farmers to establish a livelihood on newly acquired land. To be eligible to apply for a permanent land title, they must prove that they are using the allocated land in line with the requirements of the Cambodian government. GIZ equips the land recipients with knowledge and skills to improve their food security, generate income from agricultural production through diversification and adapted land use. Agriculture is a driver for economic growth in Cambodia. Therefore, the projects is not only beneficial for its direct target group, but also contributes to a sustainable, productive, and competitive economy.