USAID is transforming Cambodia’s agriculture sector into an engine for economic growth and food security through a market-based approach that partners with the private sector, by strengthening market-based agribusiness, promoting climate-smart, sustainable agricultural practices, and improving the well-being of the rural poor. Nearly 61 percent of Cambodians live in rural areas, and 77 percent of rural households rely on agriculture, fisheries, and forestry for their livelihoods. Cambodian farmers are extremely vulnerable to climate change-induced increases in temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns, and extreme weather events. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, 45 percent of Cambodians live in moderate or severe food insecurity. In response, USAID strives to broaden inclusive and sustainable economic growth through partnerships with the private sector that modernize the agriculture sector, increase incomes, and improve nutritional outcomes.
Over the past five years USAID has:
Leveraged more than $20 million in private sector investments to increase effective and sustainable outcomes and address barriers to inclusive economic growth and accountable governance.
Assisted farmers to increase their sales by more than $68 million, enabling Cambodian farmers to reinvest in equipment, farming inputs, and to extend their markets.
Trained over 230,000 people (70 percent female) to improve their nutrition practices.
Helped more than 14,000 farmers and other small and medium enterprises receive access to credit.
More about USAID/Cambodia’s work in Agriculture and Food Security: USAID/Cambodia - Sustainable Economic Growth Factsheet