Cambodia’s agriculture sector still accounts for 27% of the GDP and represents the main source of income for the rural population. Although the sector has doubled farm wages and lifted over 4 million people out of poverty, there are concerns around the future of agriculture in Cambodia and its relation to poverty and food security issues. Decreasing yields, labor-shortage and climate change are particularly increasing smallholder farmers vulnerability.
Therefore, the agriculture sector urgently needs to reinvent itself by shifting from increased production through land expansion towards sustainable intensification and technology will play a critical role in this transformation.
Strongly committed to enhance Cambodia’s agriculture sector and to support local manufacturers and technologies, Swisscontact in collaboration with the Appropriate Scale Machinery Cambodia (ASMC) project, held a MoU and Partnership Agreement Signing Ceremony on the 29th of November 2018 at the Swisscontact office.
In presence of Mr. Nign Kosal, Director of Department of Agriculture Engineering, Swisscontact signed the following new partnership agreements:
- Partnering with Natural Farm Kirirom Co. Ltd Swisscontact aims to foster the adaption of conservation agriculture practises in Cambodia by making cover crops seeds accessible to smallholder farmers.
- Access to machinery is crucial to overcome the increasing labour-shortage in the agriculture sector and to increase smallholder farmer’s income and competitiveness. Therefore, the local manufacturer Larano and Swisscontact will collaborate to improve farmers accessibility to new and appropriate agricultural technologies by importing rice and corn seeders from China.
- In the same context, Swisscontact signed a partnership agreement with Noeurn, a local manufacturer, to commercialize a fertilizer spreader designed by the company. Providing service provision by lead farmers will increase smallholder farmers access to modern technologies and knowledge on appropriate fertilizer usage.
- Aligned with its aim to apply a holistic approach and to involve all partners in the sector, Swisscontact Cambodia was especially pleased to sign a partnership agreement with the Department of Agriculture Engineering which is supporting the interventions with the local manufactures Noeurn and Lorano.
Swisscontact Cambodia is looking forward to successful collaborations to foster economic growth in the agriculture sector and to improve rural livelihoods.