The Agriculture Services Programme for Innovation, Resilience and Extension (ASPIRE) is a 7-year Programme of the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC). ASPIRE became effective with the signing of the Financing Agreement between the RGC and IFAD on 5th March 2015. The Implementation Date for ASPIRE is June 2015 and was officially launched on 8-9 October 2015, and the Completion Date is 31 March 2021, with Financing Closing Date on 31 September 2022. The total budget is USD 67.7 Million.
In 2015, the ASPIRE program was launched in five target provinces: Kampong Chnnang, Pursat, Battambang, Preach Vihear and Kratie. In 2017, the program has expanded to Stung Treng province.In 2018, the program has expanded to 5 more provinces: Kandal, Takeo, Kampot, Prey Veng and Svay Rieng provinces and in 2019 continued to expand to 9 more provinces: Kampong Speu, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Pailin, Kampong Cham and Tbong Khmum in 2020 also expanded to 4 more provinces: Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kep and Oddar Meanchey. In total, up to now, all 24 provinces.
Goal: Reduced Poverty and Increased Resilience of Poor and Vulnerable Smallholder Farmers in Cambodia.
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 Programme has four main components:
1) Evidence-based Policy Development,
2) Capacity Development for Extension Services,
3) Improved Extension Services, and
4) Infrastructure Supporting Climate Resilient Agriculture.