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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Paying heed to 7 years of impact - RULIP Completion Workshop

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The Rural Livelihoods Improvement Project (RULIP) ran for 7 years and spanned across the three provinces of Preah Viehear, Ratanakiri and Kratie. The RULIP directly benefited 15000 households in 84 poor communes. The project was co-financed by UNDP (>1,1 million USD) and the Royal Government of Cambodia (> 0.5 million USD) for a total of over 13,6 million USD with 12 million in IFAD loans and grants.

On the 31st of March 2015, over 100 agriculture experts, civil servants and development partners will gather at the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries for the RULIP Completion Workshop. The completion workshop offers a unique and important opportunity to review the most important achievements of the Rural Livelihoods Improvement Project and to take heed of the most beneficial approaches and lessons learned that need to be operational in current or future projects.

Event: Rural Livelihoods Improvement Project Completion Workshop

Venue: General Directorate of Agriculture (MAFF) 

Time: Registration starts at 8AM –on 31st March 2015

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Agriculture and Development Partners in the news

Various development partners and IFAD were in the news during the first quarter of 2015, providing information on the development programs and funding agreements underway in Cambodia. Please find below a selection of press articles found online during this period:

-ADB: Cambodia on verge of being middle-income nation - 12 March 2015 - BangkokPost

-Agricultural investments and services to farmers help build resilience to climate change in Cambodia - 9th Feb 2015 - IFAD

-IFAD to pledge $52M for program 13 Feb 2015 Open DevelopmentThe Phnom Penh PostAmruandwhaCambodiaskyAKPFB OxfamCambodia-today (Japanese) 

-EU Supports Cambodia's Agricultural Progress - 02 January 2015 - TheCropSite

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