CWS-supported Home Garden Producer Groups Expand Their Market Reach

CWS Cambodia | January 19, 2019

CWS-supported farmers at their vegetable booth. Photo: CWS

More CWS-supported farmers at the market-fair. Photo: CWS

Recently, our CWS partner for Promoting Better Lives, the Rural Development Association, was invited by the Battambang Provincial Department of Agriculture to bring farmers and their products to a two-day, government-organized Safe Vegetable Exhibition, which had two main aims: first, to raise awareness about safe agricultural practice and second, to create demand for safe vegetables, especially to link small producers – like the families with which we work – with buyers. The gathering was quite a success with producers/sellers, including organized cooperatives; middle men (brokers and agents) and direct buyers coming together with some non-government organizations like CWS and RDA there too.

With support from CWS, RDA staff and five producer groups representatives took their produce to the Exhibition, and they were able to do at good prices. In addition, they had the opportunity to connect for the future with new customers and markets. And, they had time talk and learn from other farmers.

In reflecting on the experience, one producer group representative, Mrs. Thuch Chantheng, said, “This is my first time to join an event like this and I am very happy that we could sell our products at a good price and that buyers showed interest to buy more from us. This day was really an encouragement for me and the group. Now, we will work hard to increase our production, especially safe vegetables, which we can sell at higher price and with no harm to people’s health”. In closing, Chantheng added, “Thank you CWS and RDA for the all the support for this opportunity, which really motivates us!”

(For more information please contact MSophal@cwsglobal.org )

Customers inspect the produce. Photo: CWS

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