Since its foundation to date CIRD gets funding support from various international funding agencies and clients (directly and through its main internal partnering NGOs) such as AFD, EU, AECID, Belgium Government, CG92, CEPF, a World Bank group member-IFC, CEPF … to implement several agriculture-based rural development projects. These projects (see more detailed descriptions in section III below) focus on agricultural productivity and quality improvement (rice, fruit crops, home garden, and small scale animal raising) to ensure food security, better nutrition for children and women and incomes generation through better access to market for agricultural products. CIRD currently work directly with around 5,000 farmer families in around 100 villages in 8 provinces of Cambodia.
In partnership with GRET, the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Agriculture, CIRD facilitated to form and provide capacity building support to KPPA (Kampot Pepper Promotion Association) and KSPA (Kampong Speu Palm Sugar Promotion Association), and KAMPACO (cooperative of Kampot pepper producers). KPPA and KSPA are inter-professional associations comprising of farmers (majority) and market actors, which were registered with the Ministry of Interior. Their missions are to manage, promote and protect (under GI ministerial Prakas for the moment, GI law in the future) the Kampot peper GI (for KPPA) and Kampong Speu palm sugar GI (for KSPA) that were recently officially registered with the Ministry of Commerce as the first two Protected Geographical Indications in Cambodia.
In collaboration with NTFP-EP (Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Program for South and South-East Asia) and its partners (PACT, WWF, DAI, Ponlok Khmer, CCD, AFD and Oxfam GB), CIRD provided technical support to establish a Federation of wild honey collectors enterprises from six province of Mundul Kiri, Rattanak Kiri, Kratie, Kampong Thom, Preh Vihear and Koh Kong, namely the Cambodian Federation for Bee Conservation and Community based Wild Honey Enterprises (CBHE) and in developing a common wild honey standard for the network.
With funding support from AECID (Spanish Government Agency for International Cooperation) and DG-D (Belgium Government Agency for International Cooperation) CIRD provide its technical expertise to establish and strengthen the capacity of 4 Farmer Cooperatives base in Kampong Speu, Takeo and Stung Treng provinces.
So far CIRD collaborated with 15 farmer organizations representing small scale farmers from 7 provinces to study and develop Farmer Organization profile and to facilitate the establishment of the Federation of Farmer Associations Promoting Family Agriculture Enterprise in Cambodia (FAEC). In partnership with ADG, CIRD is supporting a project to upgrade several value chains of FAEC and its commercial entity Khmer Farmer Garden (www.kfgcambodia.com) to enhance market access for FAEC members. In collaboration with AFDI (a French Farmer Organization) and MFR (a French farmer based education institution), CIRD and FAEC are in the process to set-up 2 to 3 farmer-based education centers in which farmer organization will play a leading role in providing professional training and education to their young generation who will inherit theirs farms in a more professional ways for the betterment of their living conditions.
Besides, CIRD has provided its professional consulting services to other organizations in 1). Conducting rural socio-economic study; project baseline surveys; development project appraisal; project evaluation; 2). Providing technical expertise on farmer organization management, to support farmers or producers groups to improve their farm product quality standards (Geographical Indication, Organic and other specific qualified products) and assist them to do market promotion and linking them to market; and 3). Organization of short course trainings on agricultural production techniques.
The following are long term and short term projects and services implemented by CIRD:
- Pilot project for Geographical Indications Protection in Cambodia, a 3-year project funded by AFD (French Agency for Development), Executed by Ministry of Commerce in collaboration with MAFF, and implemented by GRET and CIRD (from July 2009).
- Integrated Community Development in Steung Treng Ramsar Site, a 18-month project funded by AECID, implemented by Cives Mundi and CIRD (from April 2010).
- Intensive but low input family agriculture development in Siem Reap province, a 3-year project funded by EU and French Department of Haut de Seine (CG 92), implemented by GRET and CIRD (from February 2010).
- Project Support to the first two inter-professional associations for the Geographical Indication protection in Cambodia (PGI), a one year project funded EU Food Facility through GRET, implemented by CIRD (from June 2010).
- Improved agricultural productivity and capacity building for income generation amongst farmer households reliant on the Kampong Trach Sarus Cranes Conservation Area in the province of Kampot, Cambodia”, a 1-year project funded by CEPF (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) (from November 2010).
- Program support to Family Agriculture and Food Sovereignty: development of vegetables, rice and chicken value chains in Kampong Speu, Takeo and federation of farmer associations in Cambodia, a 3-year project funded by CG-D of Belgium government (from February 2011).
- Development of short and medium Business Plan for Siem Reap Chamber of Commerce (SRCC), a 6-month project funded by GTZ (from March 2010).
- Technical and facilitation support to the establishment of a national network of wild honey community enterprises, at the request of NTFP-EP, from December 2009 to July 2010.
- Collaborate with a Belgium Consultant from CETRI in conducting the “Impact assessment on the development of bio-fuel in Cambodia”; at the request of the government of Belgium.
- Evaluation of “Avenir du Cambodge 2” project, a project co-funded by French Ministry of Foreign Affair and private funds. A short consultancy service requested by AER (a French NGO), December 2010 to January 2011.
- Training on Micro Business Development to members of community forestry management committees in Boribo District, Kampong Chhnang province. A short consultancy service requested by OXFARM-GB, November 2009.
- Training of Saving Groups in Steung Treng and Kratie on Micro Business Plan Development,at the request of PAZ Y DESARROLLo (PYD) a Spanish NGO implementing a project funded by AECID.
- Training of farmer beneficiaries of HelpAge International at Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces on vegetable production; at the request of HelpAge International (HAI), September 2010.
- Training of farmer beneficiaries of HelpAge International at Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces on Compost production and IPM; at the request of HelpAge International (HAI), June 2011.
- Evaluation of Integrated Women’s Empowerment Project (2nd Phase), a 4-years with (8.1 million DKK) project implemented by ADDA (a Danish NGO) and Local Partners READA and Banteay Srei; at the request of ADDA, October to December 2011.
- Assessment study on rice productivity and seed sources for farmers and rice millers in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap provinces; at the request of IFC (International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group) from November 2011 to March 2012.
- Improving rice quality and productivity through seed supply rice sector support project, 1 year project funded by IFC (a member of World Bank Group) implemented by CIRD in consortium with GRET.
- Technical and facilitation supports for the establishment of Federations of 20 Older People Associations (OPAs) in Battambang and Banteay Meanchey, at the request of HelpAge International – Cambodia from August to December 2012.
- Assessment study on rice productivity and seed sources for farmers and rice millers in Kampong Cham, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap provinces; at the request of IFC (International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group) from October 2012 to February 2013.