Sustainable regional economic integration

Producing benefits for the rural poor from good practices in rice contract farming, Cambodia

The Cambodian government is committed to increasing rice productivity and aims to soon become a major rice exporting country of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). The government could well use contract farming to boost production, as it is considered to be one of the best ways of promoting and developing more commercially-oriented smallholder rice production.


Making economic integration work for the rural poor through contract farming practices

With globalization, regional integration and greater foreign investment, the Mekong Region countries have experienced rapid economic growth in the last few decades. This growth has created both opportunities and challenges for farmers, the majority of whom remain small land holders.


Transboundary fish trade in the Lower Mekong Basin: Impacts on fisheries and rural employment in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Thailand

This research project will analyze changes in the transboundary trade in fish between Stung Treng, Champassak and Ubon Ratchathani. By following the fish market chain, this study will seek to understand changes in catch figures, fishing techniques, fish stocks, species composition, trading channels, consumer preferences, fisheries regulatory frameworks and enforcement over time.


SUMERNET partners learned to use economics tools for assessing environmental projects

Through collaboration between the SUMERNET and Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), an introductory training on “Environmental Economics” was held in Ho Chi Minh City, 19 – 29 August 2013.