25 – 27 July 2019 - The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gilbert F. Houngbo travelled to Cambodia and met the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, other high-ranking officials, as well as representatives of UN teams in country, to discuss investments that can improve food and nutrition security, generate employment and mitigate the effects of climate change in rural areas.
The visit focused on the role of smallholder farmers in improving household nutrition and food security.
“In Lao PDR and Cambodia, the majority of smallholder farmers practice subsistence agriculture, but they have the potential to develop their farm businesses if they have access to finance, training, technology, and commercial markets,” said Houngbo before his visit.
“IFAD is an experienced development partner, working with governments to transform rural areas, reduce poverty and hunger, and increase livelihoods for rural smallholders in the region,” he added.
In Cambodia, poverty continues to affect a high proportion of rural families, with two-thirds of the country's 1.6 million rural households facing seasonal food shortages.
In Cambodia, Houngbo also met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance, Aun Pornmoniroth as well as the Minister of Rural Development, Ouk Rabun, and others. He visited the IFAD-supported Agriculture Services Programme for Innovation, Resilience and Extension, and met with project participants to see first-hand the progress they have made due to training, extension services and improved infrastructure (roads, irrigation, markets) in support of agricultural production.
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