Are you ready to join a dynamic, diverse and stimulating project team living and working in Laos or Cambodia? Do you have experience in the
Small-scale agriculture plays a pivotal role in driving Laos’ rural economy, with vast untapped potential for growth. Realizing this potential requires proper investment and protecting agricultural land resources and the communities that rely on them. The Third National Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI) was held at the Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane from September 28-29, addressing these critical issues and advocating for necessary policy reforms.
UPCOMING EVENT: 3rd National Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI) in Lao PDR
The 3rd National Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI) in Lao PDRwill be held on September 28-29 at the Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane.
An engaging animation explains why Customary Forest Tenure and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) are important
Customary Forest Tenure is a set of rules that govern and regulate community allocation, use, access, and transfer of natural resources. But what makes this particularly crucial for Indigenous peoples? How can Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) support Customary Tenure recognition?
In the picturesque village of Thuan Hoa, Dong Hoa commune, Tuyen Hoa district, Quang Binh province, an innovative conservation initiative was launched in April 2023. The Agriculture Forestry Business Production and Trachypithecus hatinhensis Conservation Cooperative aims to protect the endangered Trachypithecus hatinhensis, commonly known as the white langur, and their habitat in the region.
New study sheds light on strategies used by smallholder farmers in Cambodia to navigate cassava market uncertainty
“Surviving Cassava: Smallholder Farmers’ Strategies for Coping with Market Volatility in Cambodia,” published in the Journal of Land Use Science, is a study by Beban,
Safeguarding customary forest tenure in the Mekong Region: a legal analysis – insights and recommendations for sustainable forest management in Southeast Asia
“Safeguarding customary forest tenure in the Mekong Region: a legal analysis” is an article published in the Journal of Land Use Science, a peer-reviewed academic
Meta-narrative review examines agricultural commercialization in the Mekong region and its policy implications
“Agricultural commercialization in the Mekong region: A meta-narrative review and policy implications” examines how agricultural commercialization has affected regional livelihoods in the Mekong area, which has
“Shifting Regulatory Regimes in Southeast Asia’s Agribusiness: From RSPO to ASEAN-RAI” – article explores the move towards sustainable investments in the region
The article on ARI Scope by Helana Varkkey, co-authored by MRLG’s Robert Cole, et al., discusses the shifting regulatory regimes of Southeast Asia’s agribusiness and plantation investments, specifically the shift from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to the ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture, and Forestry (ASEAN RAI). The authors investigate the reasons for this shift and argue that the ASEAN RAI provides a more comprehensive and inclusive framework for promoting regional sustainable agribusiness and plantation investments. They compare the two regimes and highlight their respective strengths and weaknesses. The authors also discuss the difficulties encountered in putting the ASEAN RAI into action, such as a lack of institutional capacity and the need for effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. They conclude that the ASEAN RAI is a positive step toward encouraging sustainable and responsible agribusiness and plantation investments in Southeast Asia, but that more work is needed to ensure its effective implementation.
Download it on the ARI Scope website here: nus.edu/3MYea3Z
MRLG seeks an expert communication consultant — home-based or Lao PDR The Mekong Region Land Governance Project (MRLG) is a project of the Government of
During 17 – 20 May 2022, MRLG and the Alliances on Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI) in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos organised the 2nd round of