The Cambodia Horticulture Advancing Income and Nutrition (CHAIN) project is a Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) funded programme. CHAIN has now entered its second phase. CHAIN 2 aims to reduce rural poverty in Cambodia by increasing the income of nearly 10,000 smallholder farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs by the end of 2020. The project uses a results-driven market development approach and establishes partnerships between the public and private sectors to strengthen capacities and inclusive governance.
Swisscontact provides technical assistance as a consortium partner to lead implementer SNV. Swisscontact supports the project in areas such as market systems development and monitoring and results measurement, including business-to-business linkages at the provincial level, partnerships with national companies, business support for MSMEs such as vegetable traders and local input sellers, partner capacity building, and a local-safe vegetable marketing campaign.
CHAIN 2 focuses on the development of the local safe vegetable value chain and its supporting market system in the four target provinces of Kratie, Stung Treng, Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey. CHAIN 2 supports female and male smallholder farmers (including ethnic minorities, where present) to increase sustainable production and improve farmer income and resilience. The project facilitates the empowerment of rural smallholder producer groups, while working with other stakeholders in the market system to promote pro-poor vegetable sector development. Key stakeholders for CHAIN 2 include local vegetable traders, local input sellers, national companies who sell agronomic inputs and technologies or who participate in the vegetable supply chain (e.g., contract farming), local nongovernmental organization (NGOs), and the public sector at the local and national levels. CHAIN 2 also works in cross-cutting themes such as nutrition and gender equality and supports development of the enabling environment (e.g., public policy).
CHAIN 1 achieved the following key results:
CHAIN 2 key targets include the following:
2017 - 2020 (phase two of three phases)