Built on iDE’s Farm Business Advisor model, the MASE project improves farmers’ livelihoods by providing better access to modern agricultural techniques, quality inputs, up-to-date training and market connections. The project empowers farmers to reduce risks, and increase production yields and incomes so they can better support themselves and their families.
Farm Business Advisors (FBA’s) – independent, micro-entrepreneurs recruited and trained by Lors Thmey – sell farmers agricultural inputs such as seeds and drip irrigation, provide agricultural technical support, and help to generate links with buyers in the market. Through the project, World Vision supports Lors Thmey to expand this advisory network in Takeo to reach poorer, more vulnerable households.
The project also improves sales and profits for Lors Thmey. The social enterprise collects and buys a significant portion of the farmers’ produce to sell at regional markets and in the capital, Phnom Penh. Lors Thmey also profits from the sale of agricultural inputs to farmers. Since the project partnership began in 2015, more than 180 farmers have started selling directly to Lors Thmey. The MASE project is on track to deliver a 363 percent increase in the social enterprise’s input sales by the end of 2017.