Laos and Cambodia still number among the world’s least developed countries. A third of the population lives below the poverty level. Against this background, tourism has grown rapidly and offers significant employment and income-generation opportunities to disadvantaged sections of the populations.
In Cambodia, roughly 75% of the population earns its living in agriculture. However, the agricultural sector’s very small 30% contribution to GDP underscores that sector’s low productivity. Cambodia’s government recognises this shortcoming and is intent on modernising agriculture.
MIGIP is contributing to poverty reduction through work and income generation opportunities in tourism and agriculture.
One component of MIGIP focuses entirely on developing the tourism sector, strengthening institutions, structures, skills and processes in destination management. To this end, the MIGIP analyses tourism flows to then offer new products and services targeted to specific tourist segments. Among other important strategies, the MIGIP is developing destination brands through the tourism visitor flow marketing strategies, providing in-house trainings for low skilled workers and promoting public-private partnership in destination management.
In the agricultural sector MIGIP is supporting the promotion of existing and new technologies. The project is giving special emphasis on sustainable agriculture. The objective is to create new jobs and increase farmer incomes. Emphasis is placed on the often-conflicting priorities of increasing efficiency and using resources more sustainably. Technologies are promoted that have positive effects on the regional environment.Project activities in the tourism sector
Agriculture, results for 2017 at a glance:
The project reached a total of 850 farmers, exceeding the current annual target of 656 farmers by 194 persons.
Tourism, results from 2017 at a glance:
Overall, 55 tourism-oriented SMEs were reached by the project in Cambodia (annual target: 22) and 171 SMEs in Laos (annual target: 96). We exceeded our target of 118 SMEs by 108.
2017 - 2020
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