USDA Staff Visit CAST Cambodia Project: Discuss Connections for School Feeding

Mar 23, 2023

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service representatives visit a fish hatchery that is part of ASA/WISHH’s CAST-Cambodia project. USDA is exploring the potential for CAST partners to supply fish protein to Cambodian school meal programs.

ASA/WISHH’s Cambodia team met with Washington, D.C.-based USDA Foreign Agricultural Service staff who traveled to Cambodia to review implementation of a USDA McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program led by the World Food Programme and partners. The FAS representatives were Ms. Bobbi Kraham, Senior International Program Specialist, McGovern Dole, and Ms. Sigal Bernstein, Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator, Office of Capacity Building and Development. They requested a visit of  Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade – Cambodia, WISHH’s USDA Food for Progress Project. CAST Cambodia focuses on strengthening the Cambodian aquaculture industry. CAST and WFP are exploring how CAST-supported fish farmers and distributors can sell fish to the local school meal programs. On March 17, the team visited two women-led businesses representing the full value chain, from hatchery through fish grow out to post-harvest processing and sale in shops.