IFAD-funded ASPIRE Project Launched

AKP Phnom Penh, October 08, 2015 –
The Agriculture Services Programme for Innovation, Resilience and Extension (ASPIRE) was officially launched in a workshop opened this morning in Phnom Penh under the presidency of H.E. Ouk Rabun, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Claire Van der Vaeren and Mr. Benoit Thierry, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Country Programme Manager, were also present at the ASPIRE Start-Up Workshop which engaged a broad range of stakeholders in presentations and discussions over two days (Oct. 8-9, 2015).
According to an IFAD’s press release, the first half-day included an exhibition-style event with display presentations on agriculture potential and challenges from the ASPIRE pilot provinces as well as displays on each ASPIRE component.
ASPIRE has begun implementation based on the Financing Agreement signed between the Royal Government of Cambodia and IFAD in March 2015. ASPIRE is planned as a seven-year programme with a total budget of around US$80 million, with the objective that by 2021 an enhanced Cambodian model of agriculture services adopted as policy and demonstrated as effective for assisting smallholder farmers to contribute to broad-based economic growth through profitable and resilient farm businesses.

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