President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo, will pay a visit to Cambodia from July 25 to 27, said IFAD in its recent press release.
The upcoming visit will focus on the role smallholder farmers play in improving household nutrition and food security, it underlined.
Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo has said before his visit that in Cambodia, most smallholder farmers practice subsistence farming, but they can develop their farms if they have access to financial services, training, technology, and commercial markets.
During his stay in the Kingdom, the press release pointed out, the IFAD president will pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, and meet with other senior government officials as well as representatives of UN country teams to discuss investments that can improve food and nutrition security, create jobs and mitigate the effects of climate change in rural areas.
Moreover, he will conduct a field visit to IFAD's Agricultural Services Programme for Innovation, Resilience and Extension (ASPIRE) and meet with participants to see the progress being made through training packages, extension activities and improvement of infrastructure (roads, irrigation systems, markets) for agricultural production, added the same source.
According to the press release, IFAD has been present in Cambodia since 1996 and has implemented nine projects, which represented an investment of US$152 million and directly benefit 1,338,500 households. Three projects supported by loans and a project by a grant aid have been being implemented.
IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialised agency of the United Nations headquartered in Rome. It invests in rural people with the means to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and build resilience.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press