Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP)

The Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP) focuses on rural development in both the tourism and agriculture sectors. The programme builds on the success of the Champasak Tourism Business Programme (CTBP) in Southern Laos which ended in December 2016, expanding into Cambodia, while also focusing on developing innovation in the agriculture sector to support rural households.

The aim of MIGIP is a more inclusive growth in these sectors, contributing to job creation and income generation for smaller firms and farms in tourism and agriculture. MIGIP will work in Cambodia on both tourism and agriculture from 2017 until 2020, while maintaining its current presence in the tourism sector in Southern Laos at least until the end of 2018.

The Project


Cambodia’s agriculture sector is large, and important for the poor and the overall economy. It is a major employer and livelihood option for the majority of the poor, is one of the key engines for economic growth and poverty reduction in the country. The sector has the potential to reach large numbers of people, as more than 70% of the population depend on agriculture for their livelihoods (nearly 11Mio people). In 2014, agriculture accounted for 30% of GDP. Cambodian agriculture needs to reinvent itself by shifting from increased production through land expansion towards sustainable intensification and technology plays a critical role in this process.

The tourism sector is a key driver for local economic development in most Mekong countries, but in particular in Laos and Cambodia. In the sub-national destinations of Champasak (Laos) and Kampot (Cambodia) the tourism sector directly and indirectly provides employment for more than 10% of the population, generating a net income of around USD 80 million/year in Champasak and USD 40 million/year in Kampot, providing improved services and products for an overall population of around 900,000 people.

Focus areas

MIGIP in agriculture: MIGIP-A promotes innovative public-private partnerships to a) expand the adoption of appropriate existing technologies; and, b) strengthen local capacity in agricultural innovation; all towards increasing the competitiveness of the agriculture sector leading to more market-driven employment and income generation.

MIGIP in tourism: MIGIP-T promotes innovative public-private partnerships to a) demonstrate innovative models for sustainable destination development and management at sub-national level; and, b) strengthen the institutionalisation of destination management structures and processes; to increase the competitiveness of the tourism sector leading to more market-driven employment and income generation.


Expected results 2017 -2020:

New models for sustainable promotion of tourism at the local level and strengthening institutions, structures and processes in destination management

  • 600 SMEs are involved in the project and increase their sales.
  • 2 business promotion organisations (Kampot / South Laos) will be strengthened so as to increase their activities by 10% a year.
  • The tourism sector in the project region is growing: on average guests remain in the region 1 night longer, every year 10% more tourists visit the region, consume 10% more and the net income in the sector is rising by 5% per years.

Spread of sustainable and efficient technologies in agriculture

  • 6,660 farmers (20% women) profit from capacity building in agriculture: they obtain access to new technologies and increase their income by means of more efficient cultivation and harvesting methods.
  • 20 repair shops for agricultural machinery are familiar with the new technologies.
  • At least 3 new technologies are established in a regional context and lead to a sustained increase in income.
  • 450 students receive the opportunity to expand their knowledge of “Innovation and commercialisation in agronomy”.

Project files

Project countries

  • Cambodia
  • Laos

Project duration

2017 - 2020


  • SDC

Working area


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