Much of the pepper currently produced in Cambodia is exported through the informal market, leading to lost value. Further value is lost due to a lack of processing, or ineffective processing, resulting in lower prices for growers.
While Kampot pepper was awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) certification from Europe in 2015, the rest of the Kingdom’s non-GI pepper farmers experienced falling rates due to the lack of a robust market and fluctuations in the international markets.
Many farmers also lack knowledge of agronomy and proper farming and irrigation techniques, which results in lower yields and lost value.
The Pepper Working Group's mission is to:
Conduct training for farmers
Educate farmers in post-harvest processing
Improve standards and build a brand
Facilitating market linkages
Cambodia Institute for Research and Development (lead)
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Co-operative Association of Cambodia