Cambodia-Australia Agricultural Value Chain Program

Competitive Agriculture Industry

If agriculture is to continue to sustain livelihoods and contribute significantly to economic growth, it is very important that the sector becomes more competitive, both domestically and internationally.  CAVAC is supporting RGC to achieve this goal by helping industry to produce more quality and high value agricultural products and by supporting its government partners to provide an environment that promotes competitiveness.

An agro-industry that produces better quality and high value products
An agro-industry that produces better quality and high value products

With the exception of rice milling, the bulk of Cambodia’s agricultural commodities (cassava, maize, cashew nuts, mango, etc.) are exported to neighbouring countries in an unprocessed state. Equally there is very limited value addition of by-products such as rice bran. CAVAC works with private and public sector partners to promote investment in agro-processing and higher value crops and products. Read more

An agro-industry that produces better quality and high value products
An agro-industry that produces better quality and high value products

With the exception of rice milling, the bulk of Cambodia’s agricultural commodities (cassava, maize, cashew nuts, mango, etc.) are exported to neighbouring countries in an unprocessed state. Equally there is very limited value addition of by-products such as rice bran. CAVAC works with private and public sector partners to promote investment in agro-processing and higher value crops and products. Read more


An environment that promotes international competitiveness

CAVAC worked with the Ministry of Commerce on the Cambodia Trade Integration Strategy 2023 (CTIS) on issues such as value chain upgrading, quality infrastructure and regional integration. The Program and its partners in the private and public sectors also raise awareness on issues such as Free Trade Agreements, the Registered Exporters System, and access to finance for women-owned agro-processing businesses. Read more

An environment that promotes international competitiveness
An environment that promotes international competitiveness
An environment that promotes international competitiveness

CAVAC worked with the Ministry of Commerce on the Cambodia Trade Integration Strategy 2023 (CTIS) on issues such as value chain upgrading, quality infrastructure and regional integration. The Program and its partners in the private and public sectors also raise awareness on issues such as Free Trade Agreements, the Registered Exporters System, and access to finance for women-owned agro-processing businesses. Read more


Farmers adopting more productive farming practices
Farmers adopting more productive farming practices

Productivity is about the ability of a farmer to transform agricultural inputs (including water) into products efficiently. CAVAC’s work addressing productivity directly has principally focused on rice and cassava and includes improving practices and systems related to pest control, nutrient management, and helping ensure women and men farmers have access to reliable information on good practice. Read more

Farmers adopting more productive farming practices
Farmers adopting more productive farming practices

Productivity is about the ability of a farmer to transform agricultural inputs (including water) into products efficiently. CAVAC’s work addressing productivity directly has principally focused on rice and cassava and includes improving practices and systems related to pest control, nutrient management, and helping ensure women and men farmers have access to reliable information on good practice. Read more


Climate resilient and sustainable agriculture

Cambodia is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change so CAVAC is working with government partners to scale up the introduction of the rice variety Phka Mealdei which is drought resistant and flood tolerant. The Program also works with Husk Ventures to scale up the use of biochar made from rice husks. Biochar sequesters carbon in the soil and has been recognised as a Negative Emission Technology by the IPCC. Read more

Climate resilient and sustainable agriculture
Climate resilient and sustainable agriculture
Climate resilient and sustainable agriculture

Cambodia is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change so CAVAC is working with government partners to scale up the introduction of the rice variety Phka Mealdei which is drought resistant and flood tolerant. The Program also works with Husk Ventures to scale up the use of biochar made from rice husks. Biochar sequesters carbon in the soil and has been recognised as a Negative Emission Technology by the IPCC. Read more


Improving seed quality and mechanisation
Improving seed quality and mechanisation

Poor seed quality remains a major issue for the rice sector so CAVAC works with CARDI, CRF and GDA to introduce four new rice varieties that have export potential. Very high seed rates used in Cambodia hinder the acceptance of quality seed by small holder farmers. CAVAC has demonstrated that by mechanical direct seeding, seed rates can be reduced significantly, offering an incentive to farmers to invest in quality seed. Read more

Improving seed quality and mechanisation
Improving seed quality and mechanisation

Poor seed quality remains a major issue for the rice sector so CAVAC works with CARDI, CRF and GDA to introduce four new rice varieties that have export potential. Very high seed rates used in Cambodia hinder the acceptance of quality seed by small holder farmers. CAVAC has demonstrated that by mechanical direct seeding, seed rates can be reduced significantly, offering an incentive to farmers to invest in quality seed. Read more