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INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM ON GREEN FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS DEVELOPMENT: COMPLETION REPORT

INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM ON GREEN FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS DEVELOPMENT: COMPLETION REPORT

Category: Completion Reports, Trade and Investment Facilitation
Pages: 167
Year: 2019
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INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM ON GREEN FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS DEVELOPMENT: COUNTRY REPORTS

INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM ON GREEN FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS DEVELOPMENT: COUNTRY REPORTS

Category: Completion Reports, Trade and Investment Facilitation
Pages: 107
Year: 2019
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Regional Modular Training on Rural E-Commerce Development in Lancang-Mekong Countries Completion Report

Regional Modular Training on Rural E-Commerce Development in Lancang-Mekong Countries Completion Report

Category: Completion Reports, Project Completion Reports, Research Papers
Pages: 110
Year: 2019
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Completion Report of Management of SEZs Training

Completion Report of Management of SEZs Training

Category: Completion Reports, Trade and Investment Facilitation
Pages: 100
Year: 2019
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Completion Report of Green Freight and Logistics Management Training

Completion Report of Green Freight and Logistics Management Training

Category: Completion Reports, Trade and Investment Facilitation
Pages: 72
Year: 2019
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The completion report of ToT program on Advanced Rice Farming for Sustainable Productivity

The completion report of ToT program on Advanced Rice Farming for Sustainable Productivity

Category: RLED-EWEC Publications, Completion Reports
Pages: 31
Year: 2018
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Investor Forum and Business Matching 2017

Investor Forum and Business Matching 2017

Category: Completion Reports, SOUTHERN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR (SEC), Southern Economic Corridor, Proceedings
Pages: 118
Year: 2018
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Enhancing Trade Competitiveness for Regional Integration

Enhancing Trade Competitiveness for Regional Integration

Category: Trade and Investment Facilitation, Completion Reports
Pages: 80
Year: 2018
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Mekong Development Report 2016

Mekong Development Report 2016

Category: Innovation and Technological Connectivity, Completion Reports
Year: 2016
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Written by Mekong Institute

Launched in 1998, the East-West Economic Corridor—encompassing the less developed provinces of  Myanmar,  Lao  PDR,  Thailand,  and  Vietnam—is  one  of  the  fagship  initiatives  of  the  Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)  in order to improve the economic situation of these areas. Although countries in the EWEC have recently experienced sheer economic growth, unfortunately this growth is unbalanced with the industrial sector growing faster than the agricultural sector, contributing to worsening  income  inequality.  This  problem  needs  to  be  addressed  and  tackled  urgently  as  the majority of population depends largely on agriculture, which is declining in its importance. Taken this issue into account, this comprehensive document focuses on three specifc agricultural value chains in three target provinces - a rice value chain in Khammouane province of Lao PDR, a coffee value chain in Quang Tri province of Vietnam, and a maize value chain in Kayin State of Myanmar – in order to address prospects and constraints for value chain development, examine costs and margin  for  each  actor  in  the  value  chain,  and  suggest  actions  to  minimize  the  constraints  and maximize the prospects.


Planning and Implementing Contract Farmning Operations

Planning and Implementing Contract Farmning Operations

Category: Agricultural Development & Commercialization, Completion Reports
Year: 2015

Written by Mekong Institute


Interest in contract farming as a mechanism to coordinate linkages between farmers and agribusiness firms has grown significantly in the recent past, largely due to the international trends towards tighter alignment in agri-food supply chains. Because of its large but untapped potential in improving the lives of smallholder farmers, and enhancing agricultural productivity in general, contract farming has become a subject of interest of researchers, agriculturists, development workers, and farmers, among others, all over the world.  With this high demand for knowledge likewise comes the rising need for information-dissemination, technical assistance, and capacity-building programs that intend to educate various professionals concerned in this line of work.

Aiming to build the capacity of Southeast Asian participants in dealing with issues related to facilitating market linkages through contract farming operations, the Rural Development Department of the Mekong Institute (MI), with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), conducted a four-day regional training workshop entitled “Planning and Implementing Contract Farming Operations” at the Mekong River Conference Hall, MI Annex, last Nov. 23-26.

The program was attended by junior to mid-level officials from Ministries of Agriculture, Commerce, Industry and Trade; extension agents; professionals from research and academic institutions; development project personnel; agribusiness private sectors representatives; and farmer group production and marketing leaders. Twenty-five participants, 15 of which were fully-funded by FAO and 10 of which are self-funded, have been selected for this course, each coming from twelve different countries – Cambodia, China, France, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Dr. Carlos da Silva, Senior Agribusiness Economist of FAO-Rome, and Mr. Ralph Houtman, Agribusiness Officer of FAO-Regional Office of Asia and the Pacific, facilitated the whole training workshop. Each of them discussed various topics in contract farming, specifically emphasizing how to plan and set up contract farming operations, as well as the considerations on legal aspects of contract design and reinforcement. After each topic, the participants were given the opportunity to ask questions, which gave way to a fruitful discussion and participatory learning.

The resource persons likewise presented case studies of contract farming in various countries, such as Brazil, which engaged the participants in a critical discourse and healthy debate among each other. After the first two days of lectures and in-house sessions, MI facilitated two field visits on the third day of the program. The participants, along with the resource persons and a number of MI staff, visited the Mitr Phol Sugar Company and a small swine farm performing contract farming with the Charoen Pokphand Group in Khon Kaen. The field speakers in each field sites encouraged the participants to ask and discuss about the actual application of contract farming, which reinforced the lessons taught in the lectures and further widened the participants’ understanding of contract farming in Thailand.

At the fourth and final day of the program, the participants were given an opportunity to have a hands-on experience of analyzing various contracts from around the world, and assess whether or not these contracts pass the FAO standards as discussed by the resource speakers. After presenting the results of their contract analyses, the participants were grouped into four and were asked to brainstorm about the challenges and opportunities for the promotion of buyer-farmer linkages through contract farming in Southeast Asia. Receiving a total weighted average of 4.53 (with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest) in the participants’ evaluation, the program was considered a success. One of the participants commended the overall quality of the presentations, citing that the lectures were “clear and concise; easy to digest and understand.”