With its country-wide programme in Cambodia, DRGV aims at promoting a functioning, multi-level cooperative system that enables cooperatives, and very specifically their farmer members to improve their individual economic situation. By promoting cooperative self-help, the project contributes to improving economic and social structures, strengthening civil society and reducing poverty.

About the project

In Cambodia, DGRV is following a multi-level approach. At the national level, main implementation partners of DGRV are the government agencies relevant for cooperative promotion. Main partner of DGRV is the Department of Agricultural Cooperative Promotion (DACP) within the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), which is supported with the implementation of the Cooperatives Act and the establishment of the National Cooperative Alliance (CACA). DGRV aims at the establishment of a modern, market-oriented cooperative system, supported by sufficient legal and regulatory framework conditions. Employees of the relevant national institutions are trained to promote the development of the cooperative sector based on self-help and self-responsibility.

At the regional level, the creation of cooperative networks and the establishment of central cooperatives are promoted, which offer demand-oriented services to primary cooperatives and their members. At the primary level, individual cooperatives are supported to overcome (internal) organizational barriers, which limit their ability to develop as an economically sustainable enterprise. In general, the project supports cooperatives to strengthen their entrepreneurial orientation, expand their businesses and access new sales markets, by amongstothers introducing necessary quality standards.

To implement its activities, DGRV is working with representatives and staff of state institutions, relevant for the development of the cooperative sector at national, provincial and local level (MAFF/DACP, PDAFF/OACP). Besides that, the project targets managers, employees and bodies of entrepreneurial cooperatives and their associations (networks, central cooperatives), as well as their individual members in the agricultural sector. Furthermore, DGRV focuses on working with cooperative promoters of (I )NGOs that can engage in the development of cooperative initiatives and/or play a multiplier role.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is currently running until end of 2020.

Social Development Goals

With its activities in Cambodia, DGRV contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, especially to:


Some activity highlights in 2019 include:

  • External Audit Training for DACP staff and partner NGOs including pilot audits in 2 provinces
  • Setup of an external audit core working group
  • Support of the setup of the National Cooperative Alliance (Election process of board members, organisational & strategic planning)
  • Training of International Quality Standards for Spice Union & support in setting up linkages to Intl. Pepper exporter
  • Preparation of Contract Farming Agreement between cooperatives & supermarkets


Ministry of Agricultural, Forestry & Fisheries (MAFF) / Department for Agricultural Cooperative Promotion (DACP)

The General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA) within the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery (MAFF) and as part of it the Department for Agricultural Cooperative Promotion (DACP) is DGRVs most important government counterpart and directly responsible for the development of the sector in Cambodia. The cooperation between DGRV and MAFF does exist since 2009 and is based on a MoU.

BFD – Buddhism for Development

Buddhism for Development is a local NGO with which the DGRV has been working since 2004. Through the cooperation with BFD, partner cooperatives and cooperative networks in 7 provinces (Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, Phrea Vihear, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom) are supported.

CAC – Cooperative Association of Cambodia

The Cooperative Association of Cambodia is a supraregional association of 40 credit unions and agricultural cooperatives. CAC and DGRV have been cooperating since 2009. The cooperation with CAC reaches and promotes partner cooperatives in eight provinces (Svay Rieng, Prey Veng, Takeo, Kampong Thom, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Cham, Kratie, Kampong Speu).


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No. 05, Street 282
Sangkat Boeng Keng Kong 1
Khan Chamkarmon
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Mr. Hardy Schneider
Program Director
F. +855 (0) 12 69 53 67


Project Director

Mr. Hardy Schneider

Project Manager

Mrs. Anja Fröhlich, Project Manager

Project Accounting / Finances

Mrs. Sophea Koch, Administrative Officer

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