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Investing Smallholder Producer Groups Accessing Markets (ISPAM)

The "Investing Smallholder Producer Groups Accessing Markets (ISPAM)" project is a 2-year project funded by Women's Bank and Finn Church Aid (FCA). It aims to contribute to the enhanced social and economic status of women in Agriculture Cooperatives in the Cambodian provinces: Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, and Battambang. As one of the key implementing agencies, ICCO is responsible for two main program components: Loans & Savings and Collective Centers.

  • Location
  • Start project
    2016
  • Projectstatus
    Active
  • ID: NL-KVK-56484038-C_006074
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Background

Together with Finn Church Aid (FCA) and Life With Dignity (LWD), ICCO implemented a 2-year project named "Cooperation for Women's Economic Development (CWED)" funded by the Women's Bank. 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 WACs in recent years, WACs 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 the limited access to markets and capital to support for their investments or growth.

The project therefore focuses on the emerging need to connect the WACs better 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.
Investing Smallholder Producer Groups Accessing Markets (ISPAM)

Target group

Women in 17 Agriculture Cooperatives

Sustainability

With technical support from ICCO, the project will focus on two intervention:
- Functioning loan and saving program of WAC. The existing loan and saving program of WAC will be well managed and increasing capital as well as service for their members.
- Setting up vegetable collective centers of the WAC. The center will consolidate the product of members and supply to buyer in the local markets.

Goals overview

1) Improved business capacity of women in running the Women Agriculture Cooperatives (WACs)
2) Enabled business environment for supporting sustainability of WACs
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