Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain Program

CAVAC to organize WEE in Agriculture

CAVAC is organizing a national workshop on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in Agriculture Development Program” at Raffles Hotel Royal from 8am to 5pm on March 14, 2018. Stakeholders from government agencies, private companies, development partner and the Australian embassy will be present.

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Cardno supports the implementation of the Cambodia Agriculture Value Chain Program (CAVAC) on behalf of the Australian Government. CAVAC has the purpose of increasing the productivity and incomes of female and male smallholder farmers and trades in milled rice and other crops by strengthening market systems and investing in irrigation infrastructure. CAVAC uses a market systems development approach to achieve many of its results.

Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) is an essential cross-cutting theme of the program. Recently, CAVAC has undertaken a mapping program and analysis of current programs or projects in Cambodia aiming to promote rural livelihoods and WEE implemented by various implementers, including line ministries, international organizations, NGOs and private companies. Also, CAVAC is conducting two studies: one is on women in cassava business and another is on challenges of women entrepreneurs in food processing.

CAVAC is organising a one-day National Workshop on WEE in Agriculture Market Development Programs in order to present results of this mapping and studies, to collect further inputs and foster learning from different agencies integrating in WEE in Agriculture Business Development programs.


Specific objectives of this National Workshop are:

  1. To present results of WEE mapping and assessment;
  2. To increase awareness of market systems development and roles the relevant players can play in achieving sustainable and inclusive outcomes;
  3. To highlight the voices of women entrepreneurs, farmers and private companies in the context of WEE;
  4. To provide a forum for stakeholders to share good practices for WEE, discuss challenges and possible solutions to overcome them;
  5. To foster networking among diverse actors in this space.



In order to achieve the above objectives, the National Workshop on WEE in Agriculture Market Development Program is designed using participatory approach. This means that participants will have a lot of opportunities to cross share their experiences and learn from each other.


About 70 participants from development partners, line ministries, international and local NGOs, organisations, private companies, community representatives and students are invited.



Time Topic/Activity Responsibility
08:00 -08:15 Registration Nary, Phally, CAVAC
08.15– 09.00 Opening statement by:

1.    H.E. Ms. Ruth Stewart, Deputy Head of The Mission, Australian Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2.    H.E. Ms. Chan Sorei, Secretary of State, Ministry of Women’s Affairs

3.    H.E. Ms. Ho Malin, Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

4.    H.E. Ms. Mat Mara, Secretary of State, Ministry of Rural Development

MC: Ms Heng Seltik, CAVAC WEE Advisor
09.00-09.15 Presentation about CAVAC and why WEE is important in CAVAC’s market system and WEE approach (per CAVAC WEE Strategy). Mr. Michael Young, CAVAC, Team Leader
09.15-09.25 Workshop objectives and expected outcomes, and introduction of the participants Ms. Heng Seltik, CAVAC, WEE Adviser
09.25 – 09.40 Coffee Break (CAVAC’s video) Mr. Kim Chanthoeun, CAVAC
09.40 – 10.2 Introduction to:

–   CAVAC Market System Development; and

– WEE in market systems, and WEE Assessment

-Mr. Pieter Ypma, CAVAC Productivity and Diversification Component Manager

-Ms. Sarah Sitts, CAVAC, International Consultant

10.25 – 10.40 Q & A All participants
Session 1: Personal Experiences or Stories on policies, technologies and agricultural value chain for empowering women – Moderated by Dr Pech Sokhem, CAVAC Deputy Team Leader.
10.40 – 10.50 Sharing experience – Technology and agri-business for sustainable women empowerment in Cambodia Ms. Solinn Lim, Oxfam Cambodia, Country Director
10.50—12.00 The panel discussion will be organized around key comments from panel members and the floor – Suggested topics for prompting the discussion include:

·         “Women throughout the agricultural value chain begin from a disadvantaged position”.

·         Women’s different roles within the agricultural value chains, and the root constraints and opportunities for women as economic actors.

·         Lessons learned from women’s work-load and innovation, equal participation of women in decision making in community, household expenditures, purchase/sale, or use of business or agricultural assets, and access.

·         Cultural and social constraints, and any observable changes in the attitudes towards women, agricultural work and their mobility.

Panel discussion on women’s opportunities and challenges by:

a.    H.E. Ms Mom Thany, MAFF, Under Secretary of State

b.    Oknha Keo Mom, CWEA, President

c.     Ms. Pok Nanda, CWBF, President

d.    Thlang Sovann Pisey, Retailer

e.    Duy Sareth, cassava farmer

f.      Srey Mom, rice farmer

12.00-13:00 Lunch
Session 2: Strategies to address women’s challenges/issues/discussion topics
13.00-14.00 Small group discussion –

Participants select a topic from the suggested list to discuss in small group (5-6 groups).

Facilitated by:

– Ms. Heng Seltik, CAVAC, WEE Adviser

– Ms. Sarah Sitts, CAVAC, International Consultant

14.00 -14.30 Presenting results of small group discussion Each group

Facilitated by:

– Ms. Heng Seltik, CAVAC, WEE Adviser

14.30-14.45 Coffee Break
Session 3: Good practices in WEE promotion by private companies and agriculture and rural development programs
14.45 – 15.30 1.    Angkor Green

2.    An Giang

Facilitated by: Mr Sourn Sophoan, CAVAC, Rice Unit Coordinator
15.30-16.30 Facilitated Plenary:

–       What incentives for private companies are to promote WEE?

–       What kinds of support do private companies need to integrate WEE in their business services?

–  Female field staff of Angkor Green

–  Ms. Khy Muny, Amru Rice

–  GIZ

Facilitated by: Ms. Heng Seltik, CAVAC, WEE Adviser

16.30 – 16.45 Key messages from the workshop and Way forward Dr Pech Sokhem, CAVAC, Deputy Team Leader.
16.45-16.55 Closing Michael Young, CAVAC, Team Leader