UNIDO and SDC support recovery of agro-food and tourism enterprises in Cambodia in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis

Recognizing the important contribution of agro-food and tourism micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to economic development and employment in Cambodia, and taking into consideration the Strategic Development Plan for Cambodian Agro-industries (2019-2030), UNIDO is launching a new project aiming at increasing the resilience of Cambodian agro-food and tourism MSMEs in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Cambodia could be among the region’s most affected country by the Covid-19 due to economic and financial contagion effects. In this context, MSMEs will be particularly vulnerable and inevitably severely affected. This fragile situation represents a major risk for Cambodia as MSMEs, Producer Groups and Cooperatives play a crucial part of the country’s economy, contributing to both economic and social development.

To address this significant challenge, the Agro-Food and Tourism Enterprise Recovery Programme (AFTER) will make sure that selected Cambodian MSMEs and Cooperatives from agro-food and tourism sectors are rehabilitated and their performance and viability enhanced through innovation. UNIDO’s interventions will focus on the micro level through technical and financial support to MSMEs, cooperatives and producers groups, in order to enhance their products and services, but also to strengthen safety and hygiene standards and measures. At the macro level, AFTER will also contribute to the development of national policies to support post Covid-19 recovery of agro-food and tourism MSMEs. A special focus will be put on women-owned MSMEs and vulnerable and community producer groups.

Read the AFTER brochure here

For more information, contact Rafik Feki (R.Feki [at] unido.org)