A group of agricultural experts have joined forces to form the Cambodia Horticulture Investment Platform (CHIP), intent on the “promotion of fruits and vegetables in the Kingdom”.
Led by Mey Kalyan – a senior advisor at the Supreme National Economic Council and the Chairman of Board of Trustees at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) – the CHIP group also consists of members from the private sector, practitioners, related institutions, researchers, and backed by local government ministries, NGOs and Development Partners (DPs).
According to Kalyan, the CHIP project aims to gather the involvement from all relevant stakeholders in the agricultural industry, as he believes they will all play a vital role in negotiating market access for Cambodia’s agriculture products.
“CHIPs aim is also to link real investors with the government, DPs, and NGOs for support to develop agricultural produce which is based on market-driven demand throughout the whole value chain,” Kalyan said.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to think hard on how to improve our agriculture sector for both our imported and exported products, as we have to deal with both potential domestic food shortage fears while also leaving tonnes of mangoes rotten under trees,” Kalyan added.