Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme

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.
phnom pen, cambodia
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.


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 for 2019 at a glance


The project reached a total of 3,898 farmers.

The project reached 142 tourism-oriented SMEs.


Sustainable tourism
Kampot Department of Tourism Highlights Results of Collaboration
Kampot Provincial Department of Tourism and Swisscontact collaboratively hosted a Project Closing and Handover Ceremony on 27 November at the department office with participation of public and private sector representatives from the province’s tourism industry. The objective of this ceremony was to handover established operational guidelines and tools for the Kampot Technical Tourism Industry Working Group (TTIWG) and conclude the results and lessons learned during the implementation of Swisscontact’s Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP) since 2017.
Sustainable agriculture
Encouraging soil conservation through Conservation Agriculture (CA) Production Systems (CAPS): CA initiative in Cambodia
Cambodia’s agriculture sector is one of the key engines for economic growth and poverty reduction in the country. According to World Bank database (2020), 31% of the total population is working in agriculture. The major crops in Cambodia are rice, maize, cassava, and sugarcane. As the world relies on countries like Cambodia in Southeast Asia to feed a growing population, the impetus is on doing so in a sustainable manner. Conservation Agriculture (CA) characterized by three linked principles: Minimal soil disturbance, Cover crops and Crops diversification, is a key to sustainable crop production intensification in feeding a growing world population while conserving ecological and natural resources. Cambodia had embarked upon CA initiatives with a primary focus on cropping system design, soil fertility assessment, agricultural engineering, rather than commercial practices. However, in recent years, commercial practices have also been promoted in this area.
Engaging Cambodia Private Sector in Conservation Agriculture
Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification Consortium (CASIC) hosted a field visit to introduce the concept of Conservation Agriculture (CA) and the potential of CA business to senior managers of 15 private companies in the agriculture sector. Presided over by, H.E. Om Kimsir, Secretary of State of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry...