The Amendment Letter to the existing RIICE Agreement between MAFF and SDC should stipulate the conditions of the extension from May 2017 to December 2017 (with an expected no-cost extension until January to finish the Main Wet Season results).
Key elements of the Amendment Letter:
A. Reasoning of the extension for further technology testing
B. Preparation of use of data within the Ministry in areas/functions to be defined
C. Trust-building prior to long-term use after 2018
Components of the Letter:
1. Adapted Activity Plan
2. Revised Budget (taking into account reduced field work)
3. Outlook to phase III agreement, explaining the SDC phase out and the MAFF phase in with regards to cost share
During the Cambodian RIICE Annual Review Meeting, decision need to be taken on:
The phase III SDC-MAFF MoU shall express the clear intent of MAFF to implement a satellite-based rice information system for Cambodia (CAMRIS), based on the research and development of such a system under SDC-funded RIICE.
MAFF shall commit phase-in of financial support to demonstrate their ownership
Conditional upon MAFF co-funding, SDC will commit to fund research for CAMRIS worth up to USD 60,000 in 2018. (The payment details shall be set forth in a separate agreement that might include CARDI if necessary.)
GIZ will support all parties that the data is being used for insurance purposes. A project document to be agreed upon between DPS, GIZ and SDC shall set forth the operational details.
Leverage Sam Mohanty's contacts
Siem Reap meeting of Ministers of Agriculture on Seeds. (IRRI-led).
Under Secretary of State Mr San Vanty (for International Cooperation); Cambodia Leader for ASEAN.
Seminar-type meeting with presentation and moderation (including guiding questions).
Mini-panel with keynote by the Undersecretary on policy perspective and guidance. Key input by Nasreen. Suriyan (on outcome of GIZ/SR JKT workshop, zooming in on Camris). Bruce.
Technology in development context.
...to meet budgetary deadlines by MAFF (Need to discuss with MAFF during the SC meeting in March, does the deadline is OK with them)
Assessment of policy interest:
....also as a means to verify the interest on Camris.
Implementation Options to be explored:
1. Exploration in Singapore with SwissRe Corporate Solutions on a fertiliser-led company project.
2. Exploration with Forte insurance on crop insurance pilot with a natcat trigger
Timing to be discussed, as it could also be February 1st to cover the Main Wet Season in full. New name should express stronger Cambodian ownership (and not denote a foreign donor-led project).