Rooting for Change: Smart Financing for Sustainable Agriculture on 1st December 2023

5 Dec 2023 | Agribusiness Past Events

Last modified date: 5 Dec 2023

Duration: 1 hour 

At Topaz Phnom Penh, EuroCham’s Agribusiness Committee hosted a half-day forum entitled Rooting for Change: Smart Financing for Sustainable Agriculture. Participants learned about financing opportunities for an agroecology transition, the Agricultural and Rural Development Bank’s bank’s strategy for investing in the development of the sector, Insitor Partners’ Impact Investment Fund on smallholders’ farmers, Nexus for Development initiatives to support agriculture businesses, and Wing Bank’s efforts to promote digitization in agriculture.

Key takeaways: 
-Working on soil health and an agroecology transition has huge potential to benefit the agriculture sector and the well-being of millions.
-Providing financial assistance to farmers is a primary obstacle to scale-up the adoption of agroecology practices. 
-Private sector involvement is required to drive a sustainable and equitable agroecological transition and adapt to the local context.  
We would like to thank Mr. Martin John McCarthy, EuroCham Vice-Chairman for his warm opening remarks and Mr. Rajiv Pradhan, Vice-Chairman of the EuroCham Agribusiness Committee and Country Director at Swisscontact Cambodia for providing an overview of his committee’s work and for expertly moderating the forum. 
We’d also like to thank our esteemed speakers, Mr. Pierre-Antoine Vernet, Consultant in Agroecology & Carbon Farming at Swisscontact / CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development; Mr. Bradley Kopsick, Cambodia Country Director at Insitor Partners; Ms. Muyhui Hong, Chief of Research, Policy and Training Division of Green Finance Department at Agricultural and Rural Development Bank (ARDB); Mr. Michal Gorczewski, Head of Funds at Nexus; and Mr. Hong Vantheth (金龙), Director of B2B eCommerce Business Wingmarket and Wingagri at Win for their engaging presentations. Thank you to Mr. Etienne Kettenmeyer, EuroCham Board Member, for his closing remarks. 
Lastly, thank you 𝐒𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐂𝐇 𝐭𝐨 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐫 for sponsoring the event and for everyone who attended! We hope to see you again at our next event!