Agriculture

US Foreign Secretary Unveils $25m Food Safety Project

During his visit to Cambodia, US Foreign Secretary Antony Blinken revealed the US will fund a $25 million project to promote food safety and economic growth in Cambodia’s agricultural sector
Antony Blinken meets Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh, August 4, 2022. Kiripost/ via government handout
Antony Blinken meets Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh, August 4, 2022. Kiripost/ via government handout

US Foreign Secretary Antony Blinken announced a new $25 million project to promote food security and economic growth in Cambodia’s agriculture sector during his visit to the capital.

Feed the Future Cambodia Harvest III is a five-year project managed by USAID Cambodia.

The US Embassy said as the world faces increasing threats to food supplies, the US needs to substantially increase agricultural capacity and resilience worldwide. It added that Harvest III is a symbol of its commitment to this goal.

“My visit to the Agribusiness Showcase in Cambodia demonstrates our commitment to addressing the unfolding and global food crisis, which has been driven by climate change, Covid-19, and the Kremlin's war of choice in Ukraine,” Blinken said in a tweet.

Blinken also held a courtesy call with Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday. However, details of the meeting were not available at the time of publication.

Blinken is in Phnom Penh this week attending the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM). Also attending AMM is the UK’s Minister for Asia, Amanda Milling. she announced an agreement on a range of issues with various Southeast Asian nations.

According to a statement, as part of the agreement, the UK will scale-up development and security links in Southeast Asia, opening a regional British International Investment office in Singapore later this year to invest up to £500 million ($609 million) in the Indo-Pacific region.

The UK is also offering training for countries in the region on security issues and maritime law, including from the Royal Navy, the statement added.

The Minister also announced that InfraCo Asia, which the UK supports through its funding to the Private Infrastructure Development Group, is providing a $2.3 million loan to support the development of Cambodia’s water supply network.