Cambodia Horticulture Advancing Nutrition and Income (CHAIN)

Cambodia Horticulture Advancing Nutrition and Income (CHAIN) project is a Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) funded three year programme. It aims to reduce rural income poverty in Cambodia by increasing the income of 6,000 smallholder farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs by 2018.

As the technical consortium partner, Swisscontact facilitates an inclusive and sustainable increase in income of rural men and women, including ethnic minorities, in the provinces of Stung Treng, Preah Vihear, Kratie and Oddar Meanchey.

The Project

The project  focuses on three groups of rural poor producers: 

    • semi-commercial/commercial vegetable producers  who sell planned surplus production
    • homestead vegetable producers  who sell unplanned seasonal surplus production
    • small-scale processors  of vegetables and fruits into higher value commodities.

    To realise systemic market changes in which private and public partners deliver effective services, the project is working on five intervention areas:

    • Improve capacity of the Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA), the Provincial Department of Women's Affairs (PDoWA) and of non-governmental organisations for better service provision such as agriculture extension to homestead and commercial farmers
    • Strengthen the capacity of farmer groups, homestead and commercial, to deliver market-oriented services such as collective input purchases and negotiating deals with vegetable traders
    • Assist private sector market actors in developing inclusive business models; improve targeting of homestead and commercial farmers groups, including ethnic minorities and female-headed farms, with appropriate inputs/products and embedded advisory services for a wider base of farmers
    • Strengthening policy environment, including increased dialogue between public and private sectors and the facilitation of policy discussions on topics such as pesticides, safe food and technology
    • Improve capacity of PDoWA to support vegetable and fruit processors in technical and business areas such as hygiene, preservation techniques, storage, packaging and branding


      To date the project has reached out to 5,662 poor households. This includes 1,301 semi-commercial and commercial farmers (70% women and 7% ethnic minorities), 4,262 homestead farmers (72% women and 11% ethnic minorities), and 99 processors (92% women). To achieve these results, CHAIN works with various partners in the market, including 8 public sector partners, 6 non-governmental organization partners, 6 large, private companies, 22 small agricultural input retailers, and 16 local vegetable traders.

        Project partner

        • Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers (SNV) (lead implementor)

        Project countries

        • Cambodia

        Project duration

        2014 - 2017 (phase I of three phases)


        • SDC

        Working area


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