ADB to submit plan for $38 mln project in Cambodia

September 8, 2008 at 9:50 am Leave a comment

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will submit next month to its board of directors a proposal for an emergency food aid project following the Cambodian government’s request for 38 million U.S. dollars to ensure food security between 2008 and 2011, local newspaper reported Monday.

The project would benefit more than 500,000 people in five provinces and the Tonle Sap river and some poor areas in Phnom Penh, Arjun Goswami, the bank’s country representative, was quoted as saying by the Phnom Penh Post.

He said worldwide price hikes for food and fuel have pushed traders to sell their rice to neighboring countries, thus driving down domestic supply.

“Our highest concern, as well as that of the government’s, therefore, is to do whatever we can to ensure that the vulnerable segment of the population continues to have affordable access to basic food commodities,” Goswami said.

He said that in response to rising food costs the government has established an interministerial National Food Security Taskforce, headed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, which would provide overall policy guidance and coordination of the project.

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