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 develoPPP.de 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 European, including local companies can participate in this programme to develop business interest and sustainable pilot investments.
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As a collaboration, this pilot investment and business interest service can range from the improvement of environmental, social and equality 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 develoPPP.de 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 establish the farm and 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 full-time staff and seasonal employment during peak season.
“Providing knowledge and training has also fostered the growing interest of organic Kampot pepper in marketing and production sites for the local; especially, to introduce more sustainable and environmental friendly for production,” 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 physical 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 Kampot pepper is possible and introducing Kampot pepper into German market are the benefits of the whole project,” she adds.
The develoPPP.de 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 develoPPP.de. 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.
Contact Bianca Untied, Business Scouts for Development Programme in Cambodia, for more information:
This article is part of a series of partner content about Global Business Network, supported with funding from GIZ.
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