In recent years, Cambodia has been gaining traction for its niche products – Kampot Pepper and Kampong Speu Palm Sugar – in key ASEAN markets such as Thailand and Vietnam, and Europe; gaining itself the Geographical Indication (GI) status.
This has had direct economic benefits, allowing farms to hire more people and pay them better wages by raising of the price of the premium products it produces.
However, the industry is still under-developed with limited production and processing capacity. Cambodian growers need to be equipped with market intelligence and business linkages to move into high value exports where price and volume will not be impediments.
The Working Group focuses on convening stakeholders interested in new growth markets such as palm sugar, cashew and mango to collectively fund market studies and learn from pioneers in the region who have created or capitalized on new markets.
Cambodia Institute for Research and Development (lead)
Palm Sugar Association of Kampong Speu
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Khmer Organic Cooperative