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Investing Smallholder Producer Groups Accessing Markets

Countries:
Start project:
  • 2016
Donors:
  • ICCO
Partners:
  • Standard Biz Consultancy

The 'Investing Smallholder Producer Groups Accessing Markets' project aims to contribute to the enhanced social and economic status of women in Agriculture Cooperatives in Cambodia.

The project aims to enhance the social and economic development status of women in agriculture cooperatives through women's empowerment and entrepreneurship development in four provinces: Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat and Battambang.

Despite of a lot of progress in the Women Agricultural Cooperatives (WACs) in recent years, they still focus on a limited variety of products and the quality of the products is poor. Farmers also lack access to quality seeds and market information. WACs have limited capacity and skills especially in entrepreneurship and business management and their financial systems and other record keeping is poor. There is a high demand for good quality or organic vegetables in Cambodia, but WACs lack the knowledge of growing the vegetables based on the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) standard or producing organic crops. Moreover, the WACs still face limited access to markets and capital to support their investments or growth.

Therefore, the project focuses on the emerging need to better connect WACs to the markets. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to enhanced social and economic status of women in agriculture cooperatives in Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat and Battambang. The specific objectives are:
(1) Improved business capacity of women in running the WACs; and
(2) Enabled business environment for supporting sustainability of WACs.

As one of the key implementing agencies, ICCO, is responsible for two main programs: Access to Loan and Savings and Setting up and Building Collective Centers.

The "Investing Smallholder Producer Groups Accessing Markets (ISPAM)" project is a 2-year project funded by Women's Bank and Finn Church Aid (FCA).
Together with Finn Church Aid (FCA) and Life With Dignity (LWD), ICCO implemented a project named "Cooperation for Women's Economic Development (CWED)" funded by the Women's Bank.

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