The Agriculture Services Programme for Innovation, Resilience and Extension (ASPIRE) is a 7-year programme of the Royal Government of Cambodia. The total confirmed financing is USD 67.7 million, consisting of:
- USD 26.1 million from IFAD Loan
- USD 14.9 million from Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) Trust Fund,
- USD 11.4 million from the Royal Government of Cambodia fund
- USD 2.4 million from the RGC Royal Government of Cambodia fund AF
- USD 12.00 million from IFAD Additional Loan
- USD 0.20 million from IFAD Grant and
- USD 0.50 million from IFAD Grant fund by Korean Grant.
The Programme became effective with the signing of the Financing Agreement between the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and IFAD on 5th March 2015. The Programme Implementation Date is June 2015 and was officially launched on 8-9 October 2015. The Programme Completion Date is 31 March 2022 and the Financing Closing Date is 31 September 2022.
The overall development goal of the ASPIRE Programme is to reduce poverty and to increase resilience of 144,000 poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers in Cambodia by increasing an average household agricultural production value by 20% and value of household assets by 25%. The development objective is to establish an enhanced Cambodia model of agriculture services which is demonstrated as effective for assisting a diversity of smallholder farmers to contribute to broad-based economic growth through profitable and resilience farm businesses and is adopted as policy by 2021.
The lead implementing agency of the ASPIRE programme is the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). The programme is devised into 4 components. These components are; 1) Component 1: Evidence Based Policy Development; 2) Component 2: Capacity Development for Extension Services; 3) Component 3: Improved Extension Services and 4) Component 4: Infrastructures. The programme is currently being implemented in 24 provinces of Cambodia through the Programme Budget mechanism. The ASPIRE Program and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is trying to combat and remove barriers to market product distribution from smallholder farmers and target producer groups in provinces to consumers, traders, investors, and the industrial sector, national and regional markets and corporations.