Thursday, 9.10.2008: Asian Development Bank Provides Food to Poorest Families in Cambodia

Posted on 10 October 2008. Filed under: Week 581 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 581

“The Asian Development Bank – ADB – announced yesterday, 8 October 2008, that it will provide emergency food, corresponding to US$35 Million, to the poorest families in Cambodia while they are challenged by the rising price of food and of fuel.

“The poorest families living around the Tonle Sap Lake and in poor communities in Phnom Penh will receive rice and other food. Food will be provided also to children leaning in primary classes at different education centers and at primary schools.

“The aid of the ADB will help to increase employment through ‘food-for-work’ programs, and poor farmers will receive seeds and fertilizer for increasing yields.

“Mr. Arjun Goswami, the ADB Country Representative in Cambodia, said, ‘The aid of the ADB will help half a million of the poorest Khmer people from starvation.’

“Since more than one year ago, the price of rice increased twice, and the price of meat and of fish increased between 30 and 50 percent, while farmers seriously suffered with the price of fertilizer rising three times.

“Many poor families had sold their property and asked for loans with very high interest rates for buying food, which leads to more serious poverty.

“Mr. Goswami added that “Cambodian families generally spend around 60% of their income on food, therefore, the rising price of food gravely affects the poorest families.’

“One out of three children in Cambodia suffers from malnutrition, and the present food crises increased the burden and the extent of malnutrition among children in this country.

“Mr. Goswami added, ‘The aid of the ADB aims mainly to save children from being affected by malnutrition, which can block their physical and mental growth, which causes different diseases to appear later.

“The emergency food aid package of the ADB covers US$17.5 million in grant aid and US$17.5 million as a concession loan. The Royal Government of Cambodia will contribute US$5.8 million to support this project.

“Mr. Cheam Yeap, a high ranking official of the Cambodian People’s Party, said that as a Khmer citizen, we welcome the aid provided by international organizations, especially by the ADB, that always helps us. The provision of food aid is strengthens the livelihood of the Cambodian people. Previously, we could share food for some extent.

“Mr. Cheam Yeap continued to say that the aid of the ADB is good for the Cambodian government led by Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen, and it is also an achievement that the new fourth term government has received as a new gift from an international organization for the Cambodian people.” Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #112, 9.10.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 9 October 2008


Cambodge Soir, Vol.2, #53, 9-15,10.2008

  • Mr. Hun Sen Promises to Promote the Health Sector


Deum Tnot, Vol.1, #39, 9-10.10.2008

  • The Office of the Prime Ministry of Cambodia Had 183 Advisors and 186 Assistants and Members of the Secretariate [during the third term government]


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1763, 9.10.2008

  • The British Embassy Promised to Bring Many Investors to Cambodia [according to a meeting between Mr. Hor Namhong, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the British Ambassador Andrew Stephen Mace]
  • [2008 French] Medical Nobel Prize Winner Ms. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi Met with Mr. Mam Bunheng [Minister of Health]


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #259, 9.10.2008

  • [The President of the Sam Rainsy Party] Sam Rainsy Asked [Minister of Interior] Sar Kheng to Take Action to Impose an Administrativ Punishment against the District Governor of the Srey Snam District in Siem Reap [Mr. Chhin Mony, who attempted to stop the reshuffling of Slaeng Spean commune council members]


Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #112, 9.10.2008

  • Asian Development Bank Provides Food to Poorest Families in Cambodia


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6468, 9.10.2008

  • The Use of Siamese [Thai] Mobile Phone Services Is Prohibited and Its SIM Cards Are Collected Temporarily from Users at the Preah Vihear Temple [in order to prevent any leak of military information from Cambodia to Thailand – based on an order issued on 8 October 2008 from the United Committee for Solving the Confrontation at the Preah Vihear Border Region]
  • A Car Fell into a Seven Meter Deep Hole, Killing a Boy [Dangkao, Phnom Penh]


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3583, 9.10.2008

  • [Five] Former Khmer Rouge Leaders [accused of being responsible for killing more than 1.7 million Khmer citizens] Are Sent to Calmette Hospital One after Another [because of their age and failing health]
  • Officials of an Human Rights Organizations Said that Land Grabbing Cases Still Increased before and after the Elections [Mr. Pang Sivutha , official of the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights – LICADHO – said that in the period of three months between July and October, there were 116 cases at thirteen provinces and cities, and there were 510 perpetrators]


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4771, 9.10.2008

  • Samdech Dekchor Agreed to Be Head of a Programs in the series “Bridges – Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace” to Connect with Persons in the ASEAN Countries with Persons Who Are Recipients of World Peace Medals [according to Mr. Uwe Morawetz, Founding Chairman of the International Peace Foundation, after a meeting with the Prime Minister at his Tuol Krasaing headquarters]
  • Representatives of Donor Countries Encourage the Government to Adopt an Anti-Corruption Law Soon [mentioned during a meeting to study the improvement of anti-corruption legislation at the Council of Ministers]

Click here to have a look at the last editorial: Consensus about law enforcement in a society is easy to achieve, when the leadership shows to enforce it equally for all.

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