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Germany provides a huge range of support programmes enabling companies from both countries to develop bonds and partnerships for sustainable, long-term business relationships

To encourage engagement of the private sector in areas where business opportunity and development policy initiate shrinkage, the programme was initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In the service of offering financial and technical support to companies investing in developing and emerging countries, it promotes entrepreneurship and partnerships with the private sector.

Beyond this, German and other European, including local companies can participate in this programme to develop business interest and sustainable pilot investments. Cultivating the essence of esponsible investment and economic development with to make perfect evolution for your business.

As a collaboration, this pilot investment and business interest service can range from the improvement of environmental, social and quality standards, to value chain development, training and improved operational efficiency. This opportunity was captured by The Pepper Hill, a business transforming organically grown Kampot pepper into internationally marketed products.

“Since day one, we have been looking for technical support and advice to establish our farm in an environmentally friendly and socially sustainable way,” explained Mr. Andreas Groetschel, co-founder of The Pepper Hill farm.

“We heard about the programme offered by GIZ and the German Development Finance Institution (DEG), so we applied for the programme and GIZ came on board and helped us to establish the farm and the surrounding business“, he adds. Besides their international ambition, the company is reintroducing eco-friendly, traditional farming methods as a quality pepper producer, and improving the livelihoods and food security of its community.

This assistance can help companies harvest opportunities for growth, and emerge in the new markets. In return, they create skilled jobs, generate income for local people, boost economic growth, and maximize local contribution to the value chain for more than twenty fulltime staff and seasonal employment during peak season. “Providing knowledge and training has also fostered the growing interest of organic Kampot pepper for the local community; especially, to introduce more sustainable and environmental friendly production techniques,” said Andreas Groetschel.

In 2018, The Pepper Hill also worked with GIZ’s Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security (ILF) project to achieve the rule of farm-growing Kampot pepper with organic principles and high standard. At the same time, it has encouraged local farmers to
participate and transform themselves from conventional to organic farming, along with the introduction of potential markets to leading members of Kampot pepper.

“Showing that organic Kampot pepper is possible is a great message for the community. It is a new concept and to show that it is actually feasible and profitable for the farmers is really important,” said Hanna Bartels, ILF’s Advisor. “Plus, pepper is getting known for becoming more and more contaminated with pesticides. So, showing that organically grown Kampot pepper is possible and introducing Kampot pepper into German markets are the benefits of the whole project,” she adds.

“Since day one, we have been looking for technical support and advice to establish our farm in an environmentally friendly and socially sustainable way,”
Mr. Andreas Groetschel, The Pepper Hill.


The programme also provided funding for The Modern Ethnic Design Centre (MEDC), a training facility for local Cambodian fashion designers since 2017 through suPPPort ltd., a consulting company for sustainable development projects with German management.

This project is tailored to local designers developing collections, incorporating traditional Cambodian designs with European trends and facilitating market access to Europe. “MEDC has supported Cambodian designers in achieving their dreams as professional fashion designers. It is also a big platform for local designers to introduce their Cambodian identity into the international market and turn it into long-term business,” concluded Samoeurn Lifong, a communication Manager of MEDC.

By helping you choose a viable investment, gathering financial support, implementing your project and providing technical assistance, it all starts here. Your victory is right around the corner, with The Business Scouts for Development Programme, previously known as Global Business Network (GBN) programme, provides further information on the programme, and it supports project development and project application.

Christoph Janensch, Business Scouts for Development
Programme in Cambodia
Tel: +855 (0)85 641 723

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