Overall physical progress is satisfactory with 85% physical progress against the elapsed grant period of 80%. As of 30 June 2016, cumulative contracts awarded and disbursements were $41.35 million (83%) and $41.54 million (83.4%), respectively. Significant progress has been made towards achieving, and in some cases, exceeding the Project targets.
Under output 1 community driven development through a commune block grant, a total of 403 km of laterite/earth roads have been rehabilitated and irrigation systems have been improved to service 53,211 hectares of rice farmland against the targets of 90 km and 2,500 hectares, respectively. A number of 1,241 livelihood improvement groups (LIGs) have been established against the target of 1,200. Under output 2 enabling environment for increased agriculture productivity and diversification, The production of quality rice seeds to address a critical gap in rice production has exceeded the Project target.
Summary of progress per output
Output 1. Commune Development through a Block Grant
Currently 685 rural infrastructure sub-projects have been completed, comprising the construction of 403 km of rural roads and construction/rehabilitation of irrigation structures servicing 53,211 hectares. There are an additional 99 sub-projects identified for 2016 with 53 contract awards, of which 24 have commenced construction and 22 have completed construction.
1,241 livelihood improvement groups (LIGs) have been formed with a total membership of 30,050 households of which 82 percent are categorized as ID Poor 1 or 2 and 22 percent are Female Headed Households. Over 50,000 loans from the GRFs have been made so far to LIG members. The loans have focused on livestock raising (67 percent), rice production (18 percent) and cash crop production (7 percent). Although last year's drought adversely impacted rice production of many LIG members resulting in food shortage, good progress on livestock activities supported under the project has enabled farmers to receive additional income to buy enough rice and food for their families.
Output 2: Enabling Environment for Increased Agricultural Productivity and Diversification
For the introduction of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for fruit/vegetable production, training of trainer courses have been conducted in all provinces to develop the capacity of the project staff to implement the Farmer Field Schools for the GAP producer groups. There are 33 GAP producer groups established with a total of 756 (383 females) members. In addition, the development of a Master Plan for Crop production by 2030 in Cambodia is almost completed. In addition, contract farming agreements between farmers and groups and seed traders (including rice millers), with a total of 47 tons of rice seeds produced and sold.
Support for capacity development and production and storage facilities have been provided to the two Agriculture Stations which have produced 119 tons of certified rice seeds with sales of 109 tons, most of which were made to the 35 rice Seed producer Groups (RSPGs) that are being supported. Sixteen (16) storage warehouses have been constructed for the RSPGs and 31 small water pumps provided together with other small equipment and these groups have produced 1,660 tons of commercial rice seed to date.
A total of 1,075 on-farm demonstrations have been completed which includes 672 for crops, 383 for livestock and 20 for aquaculture. Field days have been conducted at every site either during the production cycle or at harvest with invitations extended to all LIGs in that commune to participate.
The project website (www.tssdcambodia.org) has been developed and regularly updated. The training videos have been gradually shared on Facebook and will be posted for wider sharing.
Output 3: Effective Project Management
Provincial and district monthly coordination meetings have been conducted on a regular basis. Good coordination of the agricultural activities is also maintained through the conduct of regular meetings and sharing of information. Full awareness of the content and scope of the annual work plan (AWPB) has been achieved through the conduct of planning workshops at the end of each year and provincial based launching workshops for the AWPB at the start of each year.