Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
Increasing Smallholder Access, Availability, and Utilization of Agro-Inputs in Cambodia
Expanded uptake of modern agro-inputs by smallholder farmers is inarguably a key to improving agricultural productivity and competitiveness. Challenges often include rural supply of inputs (availability), farmer ability to purchase inputs (access), and farmer capacity to appropriately apply inputs to optimize their benefits (utilization). In Cambodia, these challenges are particularly acute given the rudimentary nature of local input markets and the limited technical capacity of the smallholder farming sector.
This paper briefly presents the literature suggesting the challenges and solutions in the context of Cambodia, then examines the Fintrac-implemented approach to stimulate private sector input supply and demand at the smallholder level. Supported by field-based data, the paper then concludes with a set of lessons learned for stimulating commercially sustainable input markets in Cambodia.