ICCO Cooperation, as lead of the consortium, recently hosted the eight public and private Dutch and Cambodian consortium partners for the kickoff of the new Angkor SALAD project in Cambodia. Angkor SALAD is one of the latest Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) projects and focuses on improving vegetable production in Cambodia.
Angkor SALAD aims to provide geodata based information services to support 100,000 vegetable farmers in 16 provinces in Cambodia, with the aim to increase production, income, food security and reduce their inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides. Eight information services will be provided via SMS, Voice and a Mobile App, including:
- Irrigation Advice
- Fertilizer Advice
- Crop Planning Advice
- Market Information
- Khmer GAP Compliance.
In all aspects of project implementation, it is expected that 50% of the targeted beneficiaries will be female, as they play an active role in various vegetable value chain functions.
Vegetables: a commodity with growing demand
Agriculture is a lead sector for economic growth in Cambodia and employs nearly 60% of the country’s labor force. Vegetables are the second most important commodity after rice. While local production of vegetables has increased, it still only covers 40-60% of the country’s total demand, while the rest are imported from neighboring countries. Vegetable farmers face various challenges related to the climate including weather, water availability and increased incidences of pests and diseases. Additionally, smallholder farmers face increasing difficulties integrating into the food value chain. As such, these farmers can benefit from gaining knowledge/skills on GAP, cultivation and irrigation techniques, pest and disease control and accessible market information.
Sustainable Development Goals
The outcomes of the project are expected to contribute to poverty reduction, increased resilience of farmers, particularly related to climate change, and increased income, which is expected to have a positive impact on food security. These can be linked to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
No Poverty (1), Zero Hunger (2), Quality Education (4), Gender Equality (5), Clean Water and Sanitation (6), Decent Work and Economic Growth (8), Responsible Consumption and Production (12) and Climate Action (13).
ICCO’s Leading Role
As the leading consortium member, ICCO not only plays the central role of project manager but contributes to various work packages on monitoring and evaluation and business development. Angkor SALAD will be the third G4AW project where ICCO is the lead consortium member – the other two being SMARTseeds Indonesia and GREENcoffee Vietnam. ICCO also participates as a consortium member in another newly awarded G4AW project in Indonesia called Spice Up, where Verstegen Sauces & Spices are in the lead. The Angkor SALAD project complements all the existing G4AW projects in the South East Asia region including: SMARTseeds, GREENcoffee, Sat4Rice and G4INDO.