Thesis Proposal Defense: Tum Nhim January 12

Date: January 12, 2015
Location: Room 130, Natural Resources Building

Understanding Resilience of Agricultural Communities in Cambodia in the Face of Climate Change, with a Focus on Rice Production
A Master’s Plan-A Thesis Proposal Defense

Tum Nhim

12 January, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM
Room 130, Natural Resources Building 


The future of Cambodia’s rainfed agriculture is associated with high risks and uncertainties in the face of climate change. The observed changes in rainfall patterns and regular occurrence of drought events in Cambodia has created accumulative stress on livelihood strategies and farming practices of rural farmers over time. The projected increases in drought frequency and its uneven distribution over seasons and across places due to climate change coupling with low adaptive capacity of rural farmers speaks out the necessity to build drought resilience across the country as an immediate action. The proactiveness of building drought resilience in this context rests on enhancing capacities of Cambodia’s rural agricultural communities to absorb direct and indirect impacts of drought, recover from its effect in a timely manner, adapt to perceived social and environmental changes and uncertainties and make necessary viable transformations of livelihood and farming practices. The main objectives of this study are to understand pathways of responses of Cambodia’s rural rice farmers and their respective capacities to deal with drought and to explore possible agricultural and non-agricultural resilient options at household and community level. Recognizing the multifaceted, interlinked impacts of drought and dynamics of rural livelihood, the study employs system dynamic model to meet the above objectives.

Committee Members:

  • Dr. Laura Schmitt Olabisi, Chairperson
  • Dr. John Kerr
  • Dr. Maria Claudia Lopez
  • Dr. Jean-Christophe Diepart (local mentor)