Inauguration of One Window Service Offices at District Level in Kampong Speu Province

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On March 28, 2017, the inauguration of six newly and country-wide established One Window Service Offices and District Ombudsmen offices took place in Oudong District, Kampong Speu Province. The event was chaired by Samdech Krolahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, and Head of NCDD, and attended by approximately 2,000 participants including senior officials, civil servants, citizens and students.

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The One Window Service Office (OWSO) was initiated and introduced by the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) in the Municipalities of Battambang and Siem Reap as a pilot between 2004 and 2007. OWSO is the office which brings services closer to citizens – one of the objectives of the Sub-National Democratic Development reform. Combined in one office, several administrative services from different line ministries are provided to citizens and small businesses in a speedy and transparent way. Each OWSO is observed by an Ombudsperson who receives and investigates complaints from citizens if the service delivery does not run smoothly. Between 2009 and 2014, One Window Service Offices were expanded to 24 Municipalities, 8 Khans and 2 Districts. By now, the RGC – through Ministry of Interior – has established 46 OWSOs throughout Cambodia. Another six new One Window Service Offices have been technically established at the district level and will be opened soon. With this approach, the RGC brings services closer to citizens who live in rural and remote areas.

The former EU SPACE II project implemented by GIZ supported the RGC in developing legal framework documents which are required to open and operate OWSOs as well as the Ombudsman office at the district level. Moreover, the project and the RGC jointly worked on the publication of banners and leaflets which transparently display the fees that have to be paid for services delivered in One-Window-Service Offices. The successor program of EU SPACE, the “Decentralisation and Administration Reform Program” continues to jointly work with the Ministry of Interior on regulations and guidelines which are important to run OWSOs but also One Window Service Mechanisms at district level. The latter refers to service provision which is incorporated into the district administration. Within the next months, the Ministry of Interior and DAR Program will jointly conduct a feasibility study for the establishment of OWSO and One Window Service Mechanism in the partner districts of DAR Program in Kandal and Battambang. Moreover, partner districts will be trained and coached how to providing services through One Window Service Offices and Mechanisms in a transparent and effective manner.

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The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics & Emerging Trends 2017 is providing a comprehensive analysis of the development of the organic market worldwide.

woa2017_0127 March 2017

GIZ ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS) assisted the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) to collect information of organic production and trade in Cambodia.

Since 2011, GIZ ASEAN SAS in cooperation with the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC) is promoting organic rice and vegetable value chains. ASEAN SAS intervention along the organic agriculture value chain cover inputs, production, logistics, regulation, certification, logistics, processing and marketing. Project partners come from the private sectors, other development agencies and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery (MAFF) with which the project develop a regulation for Biocontrol Agents and a National Standard for Organic Agriculture. More >>>

The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics & Emerging Trends 2017 is providing a comprehensive analysis of the development of the organic market worldwide.

woa2017_01

27 March 2017

GIZ ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS) assisted the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) to collect information of organic production and trade in Cambodia.

Since 2011, GIZ ASEAN SAS in cooperation with the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC) is promoting organic rice and vegetable value chains. ASEAN SAS intervention along the organic agriculture value chain cover inputs, production, logistics, regulation, certification, logistics, processing and marketing. Project partners come from the private sectors, other development agencies and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery (MAFF) with which the project develop a regulation for Biocontrol Agents and a National Standard for Organic Agriculture.

With previous projects GIZ and its Cambodian partners were pioneering the development of a national market and the first one to export organic certified rice to the US and the EU.

Having understood the benefit of organic production for health, environment and sustainable development, the demand for organic produce in Cambodia is increasing. By 2015, the organic production occupied over 12,058 hectare (2012: 9,055 ha) which is about 0.2 percent of the total agricultural land in Cambodia. The total producers are 6,753 families. Beside rice as the biggest organic crop, cashew nuts, mango and pepper are increasing under organic production.

Noting that the sector is still small there is a big interest in investing in this sector. 

The publication is compiled by FiBL and International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). It is our pleasure to assist the production team in the data collection.

Also, we are happy to provide any information about the organic market in Cambodia in the future to any organization or individual upon request.

The complete publication can be found here: http://www.organic-world.net/yearbook/yearbook-2017.html .

By ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems

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“You are ugly, but I still eat you.”

Organic vegetables from the Khmer Organic Cooperative.

Organic vegetables from the Khmer Organic Cooperative.

15 March 2017

Organic products are in higher demand in Cambodia although they do not look as nice as the chemical coated produces.

According to a shop assistant at Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC) in Phnom Penh, about 50 to 60 customers visit the shop to buy the organic products on a daily basis. Besides, four to 10 customers call to order the products per day, especially the leafy vegetables, said Ms. Seng Sophea, 23, the KOC shop assistant. More >>>

“You are ugly, but I still eat you.”

Organic vegetables from the Khmer Organic Cooperative.

Organic vegetables from the Khmer Organic Cooperative.

15 March 2017

Organic products are in higher demand in Cambodia although they do not look as nice as the chemical coated produces.

According to a shop assistant at Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC) in Phnom Penh, about 50 to 60 customers visit the shop to buy the organic products on a daily basis. Besides, four to 10 customers call to order the products per day, especially the leafy vegetables, said Ms. Seng Sophea, 23, the KOC shop assistant.x                      

“Japanese bitter gourd and purple maize are most popular. Customers also ask for organic carrots, cucumber, onions and passion fruit, but they are under supply,” she said.

Visitors to the KOC include Khmers and foreigners. Usually, the Khmer customers come to buy fresh vegetable and fruit while the foreign customers shop for organic ingredients such as pepper and sugar palm, according to Ms. Sophea.

Ms. Seng Sophea, the Khmer Organic Cooperative shop assistant

Ms. Seng Sophea, the Khmer Organic Cooperative shop assistant

Ms. Sophea (right) on her duty and project staff of Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households.

Ms. Sophea (right) on her duty and project staff of Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households.

More than 100 types of products including fruit tree, leafy vegetables, tubers and other processed products and ingredients are offered at the shop. The major sources for the fresh produces come from KOC farms and contracted farmers.

Ms. Sophea said the KOC customers love the organic products because of its taste and benefits to health.

“Customers say it is tastier and they feel safe when eating,” said the shop assistant. However, the customers complain about the price which is two to three times higher than the general market.

Currently, there are two KOC shops in Cambodia, one in the suburb Chruoy Changva and the other in the central city of Phnom Penh.

KOC is a sister of Eco-Agri Co. Ltd (EAC) which is a joint initiative of GIZ Cambodia through ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS) project. EAC is the agricultural input supplier. It sells seeds, local produced Biocontrol Agents and bio-fertilizer. And, soon it will import biological pest control solutions from ASEAN Member States to Cambodia.

At present, KOC buys agricultural produces from farmer groups who are connected through EAC.

This story is based solely on an interview with Ms. Seng Sophea, the Khmer Organic Cooperative shop assistant. It is part of an activity in a workshop ‘Impact Story Writing and Basic Photography’ for project staff of Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS), and their partner, Khmer Organic Cooperative. The workshop was conducted in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 14-17 February 2017 and attended by 14 attendees. ASEAN SAS Communication Officer provided the training.

The story and its photos are the outcome of the workshop.

By Chhet Socheata, Keat Pengkun, Khann Kanha, and Sok Lina, Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households and Rojana Manowalailao, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems.

The shop assistant is being interviewed by project staff of Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households.

The shop assistant is being interviewed by project staff of Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households.

Group picture after a training.

Group picture after a training.

Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households project staff taking photo with Ms. Seng Sophea, the shop assistant (second from the front) on the interview day.

Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households project staff taking photo with Ms. Seng Sophea, the shop assistant (second from the front) on the interview day.

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