Mid-Term Performance Evaluation Of The Cambodia Harvest Project (Helping Address Rural Vulnerabilities And Ecosystem Stability)
This report is a mid-term evaluation of the HARVEST Program in Cambodia, after nearly three years of implementation.
HARVEST’s goals are to increase food availability, diversify rural incomes, strengthen natural resource management and climate resilience, and improve the capacity of the public, private and civil society sectors to address food security and climate change.
The evaluation found that the program had increased the availability of food, particularly through developing commercial horticulture. Incomes had also risen in rice and fish production.
At the time of the report, HARVEST had been less successful at diversifying rural incomes and had also not met all natural resource management goals. Its support for community forestry and fisheries development was not leading to the development of market oriented, self-financing community enterprises.
HARVEST had increased the capacity of farmers to boost production, but had not significantly improved the ability of targeted groups to address good security and climate change.
The evaluation recommended separate interventions for the poorest households; greater engagement in the natural resource management sector; technical assistance to growers and producers; outreach to youth; and integrating HARVEST more effectively within USAID’s Mission program.