US$ 544.16 million
Total Project Cost
US$ 256.71 million
Total IFAD financing
In the last generation, Cambodia has displayed a remarkable post-conflict journey: from a devastated post-conflict economy in 1993 estimated to a lower MIC in 2018. IFAD has accompanied Cambodia's development journey since the late 1990s; its country program moving from recovery and food security to building institutions to now focusing on markets and supporting Cambodia in its quest to reach upper MIC (middle income country) status.
Overall, Cambodian GDP growth has averaged about 7.7 per cent between 1995 and 2018. Poverty declined from 47.8 per cent in 2007 to about 13.5 per cent in 2014. About 25 per cent of the population is still considered near-poor and vulnerable, dropping into poverty when exposed to shocks.
In Cambodia, IFAD loans support rural and agricultural development through a programmatic approach. Activities target the provinces with the highest rates of poverty and within those provinces, the poorest rural people and communities. The IFAD country strategic opportunities programme, currently covering IFAD's strategy till 2021, supports the government's poverty reduction initiatives. All IFAD projects are aligned with the Government's national development strategies, in particular the Royal Government of Cambodia's Rectangular Strategy Phase IV.
Key activities include:
- Enabling poor smallholders to take advantage of market opportunities;
- Increasing resilience to climate change and other shocks in poor rural households and communities;
- Improving poor households' access to rural services.
In Cambodia, 79 per cent of the population lives in rural areas, depending mostly on agriculture for their livelihoods.
There is low coverage of sustainable infrastructure with only about 2,000 km of the 45,000 km rural road network being hard-paved.
Projects and Programmes
IFAD and EIB launch $125 million project to boost rural incomes and food security in Cambodia
UN chief stresses importance of investing in smallholder farmers during upcoming visit to Lao PDR and Cambodia
Independent evaluation shows IFAD-supported programme in Cambodia helped smallholders to increase and diversify agricultural production
Stories from the field: Innovative agriculture
Working towards sustainable land management - A collection of SLM technologies from Cambodia
Investing in rural people in Cambodia
To date, 9 projects have been conducted in the country, at a total cost of US$588.43 million million, with IFAD financing amounting to US$151.6 million. An estimated 1,338,500 households have benefited directly.