ActionAid set up floating gardens in the village of Oakol, Cambodia, and trained women to tend to them. The women grow vegetables, and their sales from them are more than the proceeds from fishing. The floating gardens are an alternative to fishing because livelihoods through fishing were made nearly impossible by frequent storms and prolonged dry spells. The ActionAid initiative chose women for this initiative because studies show that women are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.
The income per day from the vegetables is between 10,000 to 15,000 Cambodian riels, which is more income than income from fishing. Also, there is a health benefit because the community is consuming more vegetables. Besides, as one woman put it, the women have more skills to maximize opportunities and mentor others.
This initiative addressed gender inequality by empowering women to respond to the climate crisis that threatens their livelihoods.
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Story submitted by Margaret Sergon, USA