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Cambodia: Land Distribution Proposed

(May 1, 2009) On April 23, 2009, Cambodia's Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning, and Construction held its annual press conference and announced plans to distribute land concessions to about 10,000 families. The distribution will be in nine target provinces and will go to families that are landless and to disabled veterans. Although these families will be given priority, they will have to live on the land for five years to qualify for land ownership certificates, according to Sareth Boramy, the head of the land distribution and economic development project in the Ministry. (Chun Sophal, Veterans, Rural Poor in Line for Social Land Concessions, PHNOM PENH POST, Apr. 27, 2009, available at

The plots will be between one and two hectares in area, depending on the size of the family. The land distribution project began in three other provinces in November 2008, with support from the World Bank and the German development agency. Boramy said the project was designed to give people “their own land so that they are able to earn a living and get themselves out of poverty.” A 2006 study estimated the landless proportion of the rural population in Cambodia to be 24 percent. (Id.)