Agriculture Services Programme for Innovation, Resilience and Extension (ASPIRE) is a programme of the Royal Government of Cambodia, supported by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD).
The purpose of ASPIRE is to improve the extension services available to Cambodia’s smallholder farmers. ASPIRE works with farmers and especially with poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers, to develop their farms into resilient and profitable business.
ASPIRE is a national programme with activities in 6 selected target provinces: Battambang, Kamping Chhnang, Kratie, Pursat, Preah Vihear, Stung Treng and will expand into the five provinces that implement the PADEE project (Project for Agricultural Development and Economic Empowerment) when PADEE ends in 2018. Those five provinces are Kampot, Takeo, Kandal, Svay Rieng and Prey Veng.
LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND IMPLEMENATION OF ASPIRE
MAFF is the Lead Programme Agency joined by SNEC in implementating Component 1 and by NCDD in implementing Component 4 .
ASPIRE has a secretariat. Implementation of ASPIRE is overseen by a Steering Committee which is co-chaired at Secretary of State level by MEF and MAFF, and consists of members from SNEC, NCDDS, CARD, MoE, 5 PDAs, Private Sector and Farmer Organization.
The Implementation of ASPIRE is led by a Programme Director, who are supported by 2 Programme Managers within MAFF respectively responsible for (1) Extension, Technology and Research, and (2) Programme Budgeting as well as one Programme Manager within NCDDS responsible for managing and coordinating Component4.