VIENNA, 30 August 2019 – With the financial support of the European Union (EU), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will develop the fishery post-harvest value chain in Cambodia towards improved food safety systems, value addition and trade competitiveness for better market access as well as to create additional employment opportunities for youth, women and other vulnerable groups.
“UNIDO highly appreciates the EU’s strong commitment, which supports Cambodia’s efforts to sustainably improve the competitiveness of its fishery value chains”, said UNIDO Director General LI Yong. “We consider the project to be both a global and national flagship initiative that follows an inclusive and sustainable development approach, which will serve as a model for other UNIDO upgrading and value chain modernization projects”.
The ‘CAPFish-post harvest fisheries development’ project will focus on strengthening the institutional capacity of the Fishery Administration of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries that establishes official control systems and subsequently supports the development of post-harvest fisheries. In addition, the project will enhance the private sector capacity to comply with international standards and market requirements relevant to the post-harvest fisheries, and will enhance business competitiveness of post-harvest fisheries through innovation and research and development.
The project is part of a larger EU-funded Cambodia Programme for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Fisheries Sector, with UNIDO implementing a five-year technical assistance programme worth €16 million, whereby the Organization aims to leverage substantial investment in the capture fisheries and aquaculture subsectors, also through coordination with other implementing agencies namely the FAO, the Agence Française pour le développement (AFD) and NGOs.
Furthermore, the project is a key intervention within the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) for Cambodia, which the Royal Government and the Organization launched in 2018 and where the development of agro value chains constitutes a key intervention area. The project illustrates the innovative approach of the PCP by blending technical assistance in skills development, food safety system implementation, upgrading and modernizing the private sector operations, building business support mechanisms and innovation for sustainability with matching investment support. The programme is co-funded by the European Union.
For more information, please contact:
Industrial Development Officer
UNIDO Food Systems and Nutrition Division