Rice Commercialization, Cambodia

Asian Development Bank

We’re not rice experts but we do specialise in designing major development projects. Rice was once the mainstay of the Cambodian economy, and produce from some regions of the country was highly sought after. Even now, some fragrant Cambodian rice varieties rival international favourites such as Thai jasmine rice. But processing facilities are poor and farmers often have to sell to buyers from Thailand and Vietnam immediately after harvest because they do not have access to drying facilities. Brand names are forgotten, irrigation systems defunct, sources of seed unreliable, access to credit poor and crop insurance non existent.

The Asian Development Bank are supporting the revival of rice commercialization and modernisation of the sector, with a US$ 70 million programme of support. Fraser Thomas were commissioned to do a comprehensive study of what the main needs are, where funds should be targeted, what activities to fund, who to train, and who will manage the programme and keep up the good work after it has finished. With a team of 22 and international consultants, including engineers, economists, finance specialists and rice farming experts, we have designed the programme, provided support to policy development and led the process of procuring services to implement the programme. It’s been worth it. Cambodia’s most prized variety – Rumdoul rice – is delicious and deserves to reach connoisseurs the world over and maybe it will reach New Zealand tables in a few years’ time.

Expertise provided:

  • Natural resource management planning
  • Natural resource management policy advice
  • Rural infrastructure engineering
  • Sectoral Analysis (in the context of socio-economic development)
  • Environmental impact analysis
  • Social development impact analysis and development planning
  • Economic and financial analysis
  • Agricultural product branding and marketing

Project cycle:

  • Project Concept Development
  • Due Diligence
  • Environmental and Social Safeguards
  • Detailed Feasibility Study and cost estimation
  • Programme Design
  • Procurement advice