U.S. Secretary of State Blinken Unveils Food Security Initiative for Cambodia

PHNOM PENH: On August 4, 2022, the U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken announced “Feed the Future Cambodia Harvest III,” a new $25 million project to promote food security and economic growth in Cambodia’s agriculture sector. Feed the Future Cambodia Harvest III is a five-year project managed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Secretary Blinken said, “We believe in this program, our partners, and we want to do much more good work together.” He added, “We must strengthen global food security and address the root causes of hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.”

Harvest III will work with Cambodian agriculture cooperatives, technology providers, financial institutions, and other private sector stakeholders to develop a skilled workforce, create jobs, and capture market opportunities for farmers. The project will build on investments that USAID Cambodia has made over the past decade, promoting sustainable economic opportunities, introducing climate-smart agriculture technologies, and improving livelihoods for Cambodians, especially women, youth, and marginalized populations.

Over the five-year duration of the project, USAID anticipates generating $38 million in new private sector investments, creating more than 3,000 new jobs, helping Cambodian agriculture businesses and producers access $15 million in the financing, and generating $100 million in sales.

Photo by: U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Cambodia