PHNOM PENH: On August 9, 2022 Today in Phnom Penh, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy and H.E. Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, officially launched a new, $25 million project that aims to promote sustainable, broad-based economic growth by increasing diversification and competitiveness in Cambodia’s agriculture sector.

Feed the Future Cambodia Harvest III, also known as “Harvest III,” is a five-year activity funded by the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative and managed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

“The U.S. Government has invested nearly $100 million over the past decade to improve both nutrition and family incomes in Cambodia by strengthening the country’s agriculture sector,” Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy said.

He added, “In this global food crisis, Cambodia must strengthen its food security, and Harvest III reflects the US government’s commitment towards this goal.”

The new Harvest III program was announced on August 4 by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his visit to Cambodia.

Harvest III will work with agriculture cooperatives, technology providers, financial institutions, and other stakeholders to develop a skilled workforce, create jobs, and capture market opportunities in the agriculture sector by working with the private sector.

The project will build on investments that USAID/Cambodia has already made, promoting sustainable economic opportunities and climate-smart agriculture technologies. By collaborating with companies working in agricultural markets, the project will help improve livelihoods for Cambodians, especially women, youth, and marginalized populations.

Over the five years, USAID anticipates generating $38 million in new private sector investments, creating over 3,000 jobs, helping agriculture businesses and producers access $15 million in agriculture-related financing, and generating $100 million in sales.

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