Africa’s wheat consumption is increasing for several reasons, including population and income growth, urbanization and changing lifestyles. Most African countries are thus spending millions...
The current IFAD results-based country strategic opportunities programme supports the government’s poverty reduction initiatives and has three strategic objectives:
- Enable poor smallholders to take advantage of market opportunities.
- Increase resilience to climate change and other shocks in poor rural households and communities.
- Improve poor households’ access to strengthened rural services.
In Cambodia, IFAD’s work focuses on the following thematic areas:
- Agricultural value chain development, facilitation, and brokering service.
- Extension policy implementation using diverse models to deliver extension to farmers, including “contracting out”, farmer-to-farmer extension services, support to farmers’ organizations, public-private partnerships, and direct extension by the public sector.
- Programme budgeting and development of the national and provincial agricultural development plans.
- Rural infrastructure for agricultural markets, business and trade.
- Digital technology for the agriculture sector, including online payment, digital finance, online logistics and digital markets for agricultural value chains.
- Climate change adaptation in extension, conservation agriculture practice, and risk mitigation in infrastructure investment.
- Renewable energy technology, including support for smallholder agriculture value chains.
- Microfinance, including value chain financing and group revolving funds.
- Skills and enterprise development through support for the implementation of a demand-driven skills development fund and an enterprise promotion fund.
- Programme-based approach leveraging synergies between ongoing IFAD-supported projects to create an integrated package of support to the smallholder agriculture sector, and working with other development partners through a country programme steering committee.
To date, 9 projects have been conducted in the country, at a total cost of US $588.43 million million, with IFAD financing amounting to US $151.6 million. An estimated 1,338,500 households have benefited directly.
There are different views around the future of smallholder agriculture and its potential to contribute to the needed transformations of agriculture and rural economies. Over and above social benefits...