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Raising Frogs in Rice Fields Generates More Incomes and Crops for Farmers

Raising Frogs in Rice Fields Generates More Incomes and Crops for Farmers

28 January 2015
Frogs are a natural, organic alternative to pesticides for farmers in Cambodia fighting against the insects ravening their fragile rice seedlings. More

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Massive Chinese developments inside Tibet, including hydro-power dams and large scale mining projects, are sparking concerns of major environmental degradation in the region.

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The cyclo is an icon of Cambodia, one that may not be around for much longer as modern forms of transport push the bicycle rickshaw, into history. ​Despite the challenge, the cyclo's veteran drivers - most of them old men from the countryside - are determined to keep pedaling on. AP/Phnom Penh

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The labor movement won a small victory in wage disputes, earning a raise in the minimum wage from $100 per month to $128, but it has cost them much.

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Garment Brands Say They Support the Minimum Wage

The positive responses come after an appeal from the International Labor Organization earlier this month, calling on global brands to help support the higher wages.

Video Cambodia Coconuts - How One Company Is Cracking The Coconut Craze

Cracking open a fresh coconut for a drink has long been a popular refreshment in Cambodia. Now the coconuts are being upscaled, and one company is employing women from one of the country's poorest communities to make oil and other items from coconuts. AP/Cambodia, Kompot.

Few Workers Satisfied, as Small Wage Increase Takes Effect

The compromised wage increase, to $128 per month, is far short of the $177 unions had asked for, but it is nearly 30 percent more than workers had been making.

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This tiny one room house in Phnom Penh is home to Chhay and nine of his relatives. Inside the 18 years old is trying to recover from something he describes as a massive mistake. Two years ago, he was talked into doing something he deeply regrets - selling one of his kidney for 3000 dollars. (AFP)

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Video Hunting for Wild Honey in Cambodia's Forests

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Video World's Best Rice Title Should Help Boost Cambodian Rice Exports

For the third year in a row, Cambodia's premier rice has been voted the world's best at the World Rice Conference.

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Award is shared this year with Thailand, and comes at time when Cambodia views rice exports as way to increase incomes for its subsistence farmers.

Video Workers Say $128 Per Month Is Not Enough To Live On

In interviews with VOA Khmer, factory workers describe poor living conditions and poor eating habits as a result of their low wages.

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Thailand Tallies Billions in Rice Program Losses

Government-backed rice price support scheme launched by former leader Yingluck Shinawatra promised farmers a fixed, above-market price for their rice crops.

Little Union Support as Government Announces Raise in Wages

Some unions had demanded up to $177 per month, in a sector that employs up to 700,000 Cambodians and is a major economic driver for the country.

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Cambodia Raises Garment Wage 28 Percent, Unions Say Not Enough

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Video Former Japanese Journalist Helps Fight Human Trafficking in Cambodia

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Intermittent electricity, informal payments and a low-skill labor force are all major constraints to doing business in Cambodia, the report says.

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But analysts say Cambodia's long-term attractiveness to US investors will depend on long-promised reforms, particularly in education, energy security and anti-corruption.

Washington State Senator Sees Business Potential in Cambodia

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More Negotiations Planned Ahead of Minimum Wage Decision

Major brands who source from Cambodia have meanwhile begun to push for fair conditions and wages for factory labor.

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US Retailers Say They Support a Living Wage for Workers

Workers have begun midday strikes in support of a wage increase to $177 per month, an amount factories have said they cannot afford.

Video Cambodia Foreign Minister Previews Upcoming UN Speech

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28 January 2015
Frogs are a natural, organic alternative to pesticides for farmers in Cambodia fighting against the insects ravening their fragile rice seedlings. But despite their green-credentials, widespread hunting is preventing more farmers from switching to frogs. ​Ap/Takeo

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