In May 2020 though there was a social physical distancing affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, CFAP’s boards and management conducted field visits to meet with all CFAP staff members, members’ associations and agricultural cooperatives at their sub-national constituencies to find growth, challenges and impacts from COVID-19 and climate change.
During our field visits, we had a meeting with a director of Battambang provincial department of commerce and AIMS’s deputy project manager for the regional hub office in BTB to review collaboration opportunity and progress within the project in the region. We had discussed some cooperation areas to have the project achieved, especially the responsibility of CFAP to the project.
Please be informed that CFAP Cambodia was involved in this project design after a positive consideration of IFAD with support from the RGC to involve the national farmer association like CFAP as the association that works directly with sub-national farmer associations and agricultural cooperatives that represent smallholders in Cambodia. Most farmers and farmers’ associations and agricultural cooperatives as CFAP’s members in AIMS target provinces have involved in the project accordingly with active facilitation from CFAP’s central offices to orientate about the project to all farmers’ associations and agricultural cooperatives as members in the 12 target provinces and in network with the national farmer platform.
AIMS focused on five products i.e. 1) vegetables, 2) backyard chicken, 3) quality assured rice, 4) cassava and 5) raw silk with target beneficiaries of 75000 households by end 2023.
The Accelerating Inclusive Markets for Smallholders (AIMS) is a joint project between the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The project also participated by private sector, development partner and national farmer association. The project, therefore it intends to accelerate the inclusive growth of markets and for higher value agricultural products and the development of associated local clusters through which poor smallholder producers can benefit alongside others.