Press Release: GIZ and CCF Collaborate to Boost Cambodia’s Cashew Industry

Siem Reap, 2 February 2024 – On February 01, 2024, Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Cambodia Cashew Federation (CCF) signed a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The aim of this collaboration is to enhance cashew value chain in Cambodia through mutual advantageous cooperation.

The MoU was signed during the special occasion of the 10th World Cashew Conference 2024, held in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. The event was graced by the presence of the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Cambodia, H.E. Igor Driesmans.

Under the term of agreement, GIZ and CFF will join forces to strengthen the institutional capacity development of CCF. This includes sharing knowledge, best practices, and resources to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the institution.

A key aspect of the agreement is the promotion of public-private cooperation and coordination. Both parties are committed to fostering a collaborative environment among all stakeholders to align goal, and resources are utilized effectively.

The collaboration also aims to enhance cashew production, processing, and export promotion. This will involve improving the production process, implementing advanced processing techniques, and promoting the export of cashew products

The MoU was signed by Dr. Stefan Hanselmann, the GIZ Economic Development Cluster Coordinator, Mr. Till Ahnert, Head of the EU-German co-funded project – ARISE Plus Cambodia, and Mr. An Dara, the CCF President.

At the signing ceremony, Mr. Till Ahnert said that this MoU marks another step in the synergistic partnership between GIZ and the CCF. The CCF has been a strong partner to German Development Cooperation and the EU in implementing various agricultural initiatives, especially in post-harvest production processing and export promotion.

“We are keen and ready to leverage this cooperation to further promote the sector and support the Cambodian processing establishments to meet regional and international markets’ demands”, he added.

Mr. An Dara emphasized that the MoU will enable GIZ to gain a comprehensive understanding of the pivotal roles played by the CCF in developing the entire value chain of Cambodia’s cashew sub-sector. This collaboration aims to identify key challenges such as post-harvesting, processing, and exporting. He added, “by working together, we aim to strengthen the CCF institution to ensure the successful and sustainable development of the cashew sectors in Cambodia”.

H.E. Ambassador Igor Driesmans referred to the joint work of the EU with its Member States: “We, as European Union, and working as “Team Europe” with our Member States (notably with Germany), are committed to continue supporting this sector, with an integrated approach (education, trade, logistics, financing, producing, etc) from the harvesting to the export to high-end value markets. To that end we are partnering not only with the relevant ministries but also with the private sector, to accelerate the transformation that can translate the potential into concrete business opportunities for business and for trade”.

He mentioned two new programmes also in collaboration with Germany, which are starting this 2024 and will focus on cashew nut and organic pepper value chains. They aim at supporting the value addition in Cambodia and improving the international branding and exports of cashew nuts and pepper to high value markets such as the EU where there is a high demand for this Cambodian product.

Through the defined areas of cooperation, GIZ and CCF aim to achieve mutual benefits and contribute to the overall development of the cashew industry and other sectors involved.

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About the EU Delegation to Cambodia:

The EU has been a major development partner of Cambodia since the early 1990s. Over the years, EU-Cambodia cooperation activities have assisted millions of Cambodians. The main role of the Delegations is to represent the EU in the country where they are based and to promote the values and interests of the EU. It is responsible for all policy areas of the relationship between the EU and Cambodia. As Development Partner, the EU programmes take place in a wide range of areas, including: public finance, education, agriculture, governance, human rights, trade and private sector development, environment and climate change.

About GIZ:

GIZ is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, with 25.422 employees. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. Our business volume is around 4 billion euros. As a public-benefit federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government – in particular the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – and many public and private sector clients in around 120countries in achieving their objectives in international cooperation. With this aim, GIZ works together with its partners to develop effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

About CCF:

CCF is a joint initiative involving the Government oft he Kingdom of Cambodia, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and farmers. The CCF was established by the Ministry of Commerce on October 10,2022, and registered by the Ministry of Interior on April 20, 2023, as a National Entity Level. The primary goal of the CCF is to enhance cashew production, processing, and exporting successfully and sustainably to meet the NCP of the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Kamrang Ke

Advisor – Trade-related Coordination and Transparency

Email: kamrang.ke@giz.de

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February 2, 2024

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