Making agriculture in Cambodia and Viet Nam more resilient to climate change impacts

Project description

Title: Strengthening the resilience of poor population groups to climate change in selected ASEAN states, taking special account of the impact of COVID-19 in Cambodia and Viet Nam
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Cambodia, Viet Nam
Lead executing agency: Cambodia: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Viet Nam: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)
Overall term: 2021 to 2024

Coffee farmer inspecting his plantation (photo: GIZ)


Small farmers in Cambodia are greatly affected by climate change. Droughts and flooding regularly lead to crop failures, with the result that they are often no longer able to meet their delivery obligations at short notice. In addition to loss of reputation, such impacts endanger the livelihoods of many people in the long term.

Cultivation methods adapted to climate change can help resolve these problems in rural regions and make the selected coffee, cassava and cashew nut value chains more resilient.


Climate resilience – in other words, the ability to withstand climate change – has improved in selected agricultural value chains in the project regions.


The project strives to achieve long-term improvements in the following ways:

  1. It is improving the knowledge of small farmers on the use of climate-adapted production methods in the target regions of Kampong Thom and Kratié (Cambodia) as well as Sơn La and Điện Biên (Viet Nam).
  2. It is strengthening private stakeholders as mediators in the value chains. Moreover, it is establishing climate-resilient production practices as an important product feature and trade criterion.
  3. The project is disseminating the lessons learned through national exchange programmes.
  4. The project results and the issue of climate resilience are fed into regional political dialogue, for instance in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Last update: November 2021

Three men visiting a cashew nut plantation as part of project preparation (photo: GIZ)