Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP) 

Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP) is a four-year programme (2017-2020) funded partly by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The programme aims to develop inclusive growth contributing to job creation and income generation. To achieve this, the programme uses Swisscontact’s Inclusive Markets Approach, and delivers its activities through its partners and supports them by strengthening their business model to be more inclusive and perform market functions effectively. MIGIP works closely with the Government agencies, private sector enterprises (both at the national and the local level), research companies and universities.
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phnom pen, cambodia
11.5563738
104.9282099
Project duration
2017 - 2020
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
  • Laguna Foundation
  • Happel Foundation
  • Kuoni and Hugentobler Foundation
  • Donations

The project

MIGIP focuses on enterprise development in the agriculture and tourism sectors.
Cambodia’s agriculture sector which 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. MIGIP recognises the critical role that agro-technologies can play in transforming Cambodia agriculture towards sustainable intensification.

Tourism sector is a key driver for local economic development in Cambodia. MIGIP recognises that growth in the tourism sector has the potential to contribute to job creation, revenue generation, the improvement of people’s livelihood and poverty alleviation.

Agriculture Sector

To increase production through sustainable intensification and to increase the competitiveness of the agriculture sector, the use of improved technology and techniques are necessary. Hence, MIGIP is supporting the promotion of existing and new technologies giving special emphasis to sustainable agriculture. To achieve this vision in agriculture, MIGIP is working in the following intervention areas:

  1. Increase efficiency of service provision: by improving functions that support agricultural technology such as access to finance, information services and extension services
  2. Promote the adoption of agriculture technology: by increasing awareness of various agriculture technologies
  3. Improve the quality of crops: by working on various mechanisms with the private sector and other market actors to transfer knowledge to smallholder farmers
  4. Enhance commercial orientation of agriculture technologies: by facilitating stakeholder research on the commercialisation of agriculture technology particularly on sustainable agriculture.

Tourism sector

To increase the competitiveness of the tourism sector, MIGIP focuses on strengthening destination management structure, processes, marketing, and skills through public-private partnerships at the sub-national level. To achieve this vision in tourism, MIGIP is working in the following intervention areas:

  1. Strengthen destination marketing: by developing sub-brands through the Visitor Flows marketing strategy
  2. Improve service quality and skills: by providing in-house trainings aligned with the national standards for low-skilled workers
  3. Strengthen specific visitor flows: by supporting local businesses to develop new products and activities targeted to specific market segments
  4. Enhance destination management structure: by promoting public-private partnership in destination management.

Objectives

To increase the income of 3,200 smallholder farmers and 300 SMEs.

Development Plan

  • To commercialise sustainable agriculture
  • To promote destination management using a visitor flow approach
  • To catalyse the private sector and government actors to develop the agriculture and tourism sectors in Cambodia.

Results

Agriculture
The project reached a total of around 21,000 farmers (19% women) of which 6,500 (19% women) increased their income by benefitting from newly introduced services and products.

Tourism
The project reached a total of 575 tourism-oriented SMEs of which 300 increased their income.

News

Cambodia
Sustainable agriculture
19.04.2021
WATCH: MIGIP Experiences and Impacts in Cambodia
From 2017 to 2020, Swisscontact in Cambodia had been collaborating with public and private sector partners to implement various interventions in agriculture and tourism sectors through Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP). Now MIGIP transformed itself into Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ISA) with a focus on appropriate technologies and extension services.
Cambodia
Sustainable agriculture
11.02.2021
Watch: InGuider – a Swisscontact internship model for university in Cambodia
InGuider (Internship Guider) is a four-stage guideline in preparing and running a well-structured internship program for universities in Cambodia. This video features the experience of Swisscontact’s Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP), in collaboration with Faculty of Agricultural Engineering (FAE) of Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), in implementing the InGuider model in Cambodia.
Cambodia
Sustainable agriculture
01.01.2021
Memorandum of Agreement Toward Conservation Agriculture in Cambodia
Swisscontact signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification Consortium (CASIC) on December 30, 2020. The MoA is aimed at stimulating agriculture machinery companies, service providers and smallholder farmers to shift from conventional soil-degrading production system to a more ecosystem-enhancing Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification (CA/SI) production system.