Activity 2: Census of farmer households

Responsible Team Leader: Ariane Utomo

Listen to an interview with Dr Ariane Utomo about the progress, key learnings and next steps for Activity 2.

We are identifying broad categories of smallholder households (typologies) based on farming practices, demographic and socio-economic characteristics“.

Dr Ariane Utomo


  1. To provide a broader understanding of the socio-geographical and economic contexts of agriculture extension and rural livelihoods in Northwest Cambodia. 
  2. To identify the variation of production and farming systems across diverse landscapes in Northwest Cambodia.
  3. To understand the shifting importance of agriculture in the context of diversifying household livelihood strategies in Northwest Cambodia. 
  4. To provide baseline data and an effective sampling frame for subsequent activities in this project. 

Sub-Research Questions

RQ2.1:  What are the types and traits of smallholder households in Northwest Cambodia?

RQ2.2: What are the primary livelihoods across different households and villages, and to what extent do migration and agriculture complement one another as part of diversification strategies? 

RQ2.3: What are the needs, desires, and aspirations of different smallholder households? 

RQ2.4:  What are the broader sub-district and village-level socio-ecological contexts and infrastructures that may hinder or enable smallholders households in Northwest Cambodia to thrive? 

Approaches (Methods)

Activity 2 shall comprise of two main data collection methods: village mapping and household census across selected study sites in five communes of Chheu Teal, Kampong Prieng, Ta Sanh, Ou Ta Vao, and Stueng Kach in Battambang and Pailin provinces. Within each of these communes, a village will be selected as a case study site. The selection criteria includes factors such as population size, and presence of a farmer’s association in the village.  

These household and village-level data shall provide detailed portraits of the geographic, socio-economic, demographic, and agriculture characteristics across the diverse households and commune settings in Northwest Cambodia.

Watch a presentation from Dr Ariane Utomo about the aims, research questions and approaches of Activity 2.