Scaling-up of Renewable Energy Technologies(S-RET)
S-RET is a project of the RGC and is implemented by the RGC’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). The project is financed by a grant from IFAD. In turn, IFAD has received financing for S-RET from Global Environment Fund (GEF). The framework for implementing S-RET is the same as for other projects financed by IFAD using funds from other sources. IFAD is responsible to report to GEF on the use of GEF funds and the results achieved.
S-RET is implemented at national level and in five provinces: Kampot, Kandal, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng and Takeo. Those provinces are also the target area of the IFAD-financed Project for Agriculture Development and Economic Empowerment (PADEE). S-RET is implemented in close integration with PADEE. S-RET targets the beneficiaries who are poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers who are members of Improved Group Revolving Funds (IGRF) created by PADEE. When PADEE is phased out in 2018, the IFAD financed programme Agriculture Services Programme for Innovation, Resilience and Extension (ASPIRE) will expand its operations into those provinces.
MAFF’s National Biodigester Programme (NBP) is responsible for implementation of the subcomponent of S-RET supporting roll-out of pro-poor biodigester models to PADEE IGRF group members.
The Provincial Departments of Agriculture (PDA) in the five target provinces are responsible to manage, coordinate and support all S-RET operations in their provinces.
Kampot, Kandal, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng and Takeo
S-RET directly targets smallholder farmers who are already participants in the IGRF groups established by PADEE. IGRF groups consist of 5 smallholder farm households. There are four IGRF groups (usually in four different villages) in each target Commune of PADEE