This series of meetings will serve as a platform for researchers, policymakers and consultants to discuss agricultural reforms in Cambodia.
Agriculture is the cornerstone of the Cambodian economy: it contributes almost a third of the GDP, employs the largest proportion of the workforce, and gains substantial foreign exchange earnings. About 70% of the population in Cambodia depends on agricultural activities to earn their incomes and livelihoods. The government is keen to improve productivity, diversification, and commercialization of the agriculture sector. In particular, agriculture productivity is weak due to inadequate and insufficient basic infrastructure such as irrigation systems and rural roads. Moreover, as the ASEAN Economic Community becomes a reality, product and process harmonization and standardization will affect Cambodia's agriculture sector development.
The Policy Forum on Enhancing Agriculture Sector Productivity in Cambodia to be held on 5 November, aims to assist the government in introducing policies and regulations to improve productivity and competitiveness of Cambodia's agriculture sector. Discussions will focus on the creation of a proper regulatory framework, varietal development, and ways to increase participation of local and international experts in agricultural supply chains. The policy forum is part of the CLMV Project on Strengthening Agricultural Productivity in CLMV Countries.
To further assess the usefulness and application of the project's activities in Cambodia, a National Review Seminar (NRS) working lunch among alumni of the project in Cambodia, together with their supervisors, will be convened on 4 November. The NRS will be an informal meeting to touch base with CLMV project trainees in Cambodia, and as part of the project's objective of establishing a network of CLMV officials. Taking advantage of these events, consultations will also be organized on the same day in the morning. The main objective of the consultations is to discuss with key stakeholders in the country (local experts from government agencies and research centers and development partners) possible future CLMV project activities in Cambodia based on the state of policy developments in the country, particularly those related to agricultural and rural development.
The policy forum aims to help prepare a roadmap and recommendations for the enhancement of agriculture sector in Cambodia.
By invitation only.
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) of Cambodia and Agence Francaise de development (AFD)