Swisscontact, through the Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ISA) project, and its partners namely French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN), and Kansas State University (KSU) has been working to commercialise agroecology and regenerative agriculture practices in Cambodia. However, because agroecology and regenerative agriculture is a relatively new concept in Cambodia, information on, and the commercial application of Conservation Agriculture (CA) is limited.
Finance always plays an important role for farmers, hence ISA along with Agriculture and Rural Development Bank (ARDB) aimed at coupling CA knowledge with financial service provision to disseminate CA information through market actors.
ARDB, established in 1998, showed interest in working with ISA on the climate resilience program, particularly green financing loan to provide smallholder farmers with access to CA loans with low interest rate. Through this collaboration, ARDB will provide CA loans to small holder farmers and promote CA with their target clients.
Through this Memorandum of Understanding, ARDB aims to provide credit to farmers practicing agroecology and regenerative agriculture through the MetKasekor and other related events.
The Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ISA) project is financed by the Happel Foundation, the Symphasis Foundation, and the Leopold Bachmann Foundation among other donors. As part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, it is co-financed by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA).