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The Special Program for Strengthening the Capacity of Food Supply Chain Management in Asian Least Developed Countries (FSCM-LDCs)

FSCM-LDCs is a new program succeeding the special program on Agricultural Productivity in Asian Least Developed Countries (APE-LDC) and is funded with a special cash grant from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF ) of Japan. Under APE-LDC, which started in 2004 and ended in March 2010, many projects were carried out to promote productivity and improve food safety/quality in agriculture and the food industry in Cambodia and Lao PDR. As a result of those projects, the importance of increasing productivity, food safety, and food quality was understood by stakeholders, and productivity enhancement tools such as 5S and kaizen and food hygiene practices like GMP were disseminated through demonstration companies.

FSCM-LDCs aims to strengthen the capacity of agriculture, the food-processing industry, and, where possible, the food distribution and retailing industry to provide high-quality, safe food and agricultural products with increased production efficiency. The program also aims at improving the capacity of the public sector to manage and control food safety and quality. Similar to APE-LDC, the new program also aims at strengthening NPO capacities to guide and educate private industry.

Achievements and Results of the First Year of the Program

Following four projects were conducted in the first year:

A. National Projects

(1) The national project to establish and disseminate 5S and Kaizen in local regions in Cambodia (April 2010 – October 2010)

(2) Demonstration company project on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in Cambodia (December 2009 – November 2010)

B. Observational Study Missions

(1) Observational study mission on the employment promotion in the rural area in Japan (November 10-17, 2009)

(2) Observational study mission on the promotion of agro-food industry in the rural area in Japan (December 8-15, 2009)

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