This year, early rainfall in May contributed to timely sowing of rice seedlings and transplanting, but a dry spell in August affected rice cultivation in 6 of 24 provinces. According to the government, an estimated 13,713 ha of transplanted rice were destroyed as of 29 August 2012. This will likely affect the progress of the rainy season rice production and may cause rice price increases. Negative impacts on the food security situation are possible should there be a poor yield from this year’s harvest. The recent increase in international food prices has not yet affected domestic food prices in Cambodia. Year-on-year comparison of food and fuel prices indicates that the current food price trends are following expected seasonal trends.
As of the third quarter of 2012, households relying on unskilled wage labor are experiencing deterioration in food access.