External review

Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain (CAVAC) phase one

Improving the productivity of rice-based farming systems for smallholder farmers - completion evaluation


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Published by
Project implementer
Palladium Group
Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain (CAVAC)
Results level
Growth and access to services
Mixed method
Data source
Intervention types
Improved access to information
Improved input supply
Improved marketing of products
Improved product / service quality
Improved value chain coordination

This completion evaluation verifys results reported during phase one of the Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain programme (CAVAC). It captures lessons to inform implementation of phase two. 

CAVAC programme Phase I ran from 2010 to 2015.

Intervention description

CAVAC's objective was to accelerate growth in the value of agricultural production and smallholder farmer income in rice-based farming systems in three Cambodian provinces. 

The report assesses CAVAC phase one’s overall performance against six key evaluation questions relating to:  

  • monitoring and evaluation (M&E)
  • innovation
  • effectiveness
  • sustainability
  • efficiency
  • inclusivity

Insights gained through this evaluation will also be useful for other DFAT market systems development (MSD) programmes as well as those that have an adaptive management and/or private sector focus.

Evidence methodology

The review was carried out using mixed methods.

The evaluation team used CAVAC monitoring data as well as quantitative findings from evaluative studies and reports done by CAVAC.

They also collected a broad range of qualitative information through 62 interview and focus groups with a wide range of stakeholders and beneficiaries.

Data generated by CAVAC was through an M&E system that was audited successfully against the DCED Standard in 2013.