The Royal Government of Cambodia intends to modernise Cambodia’s agriculture and enhance agricultural productivity by improving how agricultural value chains respond to market demand and regional and global competition. Making agriculture more productive and competitive is important for Cambodian development. Within Cambodia 80% of the population live in rural areas and are dependent on agriculture, however when compared to its neighbours, Cambodian farmland is harsher than the fertile lowlands of other countries. Growing linkages with the global economy, helped by initiatives such as the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement, are changing the agricultural production, marketing and trade in Cambodia and the wider Mekong.
The project complements the Cambodian Government’s focus by developing a farming systems framework for improving competiveness of Cambodian agriculture under changing climate, social and economic conditions.