Modern and affordable irrigation infrastructure is critical for a profitable agriculture sector. In this second phase of the Program, CAVAC has constructed 10 such schemes in Kandal, Prey Veng, and Takeo provinces. Support to these schemes will continue until the Program ends, and CAVAC will use the remaining time to apply its knowledge and experience to help shape upcoming investment in irrigation infrastructure. With its success and experience, CAVAC is now supporting RGC to improve the quality, sustainability and effectiveness of Cambodia’s other irrigation investments. It does this by providing services for RGC and other partners and raising stakeholder awareness on issues such as water resource management, scheme design, private sector partnerships, and operations and maintenance.
CAVAC’s approach to the development of irrigation schemes is based on the idea of irrigation as a sustainable service. To be sustainable, schemes must be financially viable: farmers must pay sufficient Irrigation Service Fees (ISF) to cover the costs of scheme operations and maintenance (O&M). Farmer Water User Communities (FWUCs) must then perform O&M functions effectively. Read more
Building on the success of the schemes that it has directly financed, CAVAC works closely with RGC so that MOWRAM and other partners have available the technical knowledge and lessons learnt through CAVAC schemes to apply to other irrigation investments. This supports RGC’s capacity to manage its significant national water resources investments effectively. Read more