Nurturing agricultural cooperatives for inclusive and effective agro-investment partnerships in Cambodia (Brief)

The government of Cambodia is keen to catalyse agribusiness growth to contribute to improved livelihoods and wider rural development. This policy brief presents how the concept of Public-Private-Producer-Partnerships (4Ps) can offer a new opportunity to link smallholders and investors more effectively. Agricultural cooperatives (ACs) play a critical role for promoting and protecting the collective interests of smallholders. This note provides a snapshot of a nationwide analysis conducted in 2022 on the current status of ACs in Cambodia and identifies key areas in which they can be strengthened to function more effectively in 4Ps and contract farming investments. The brief builds a case for more targeted public support for ACs to promote stable and inclusive partnerships between ACs and buyers.

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