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Agricultural investment at the crossroads in Cambodia: Towards inclusion of smallholder farmers? (Brief)

This brief is a summary of the original Case Study available here: https://www.mrlg.org/publications/agricultural-investment-at-the-crossroads-in-cambodia-towards-inclusion-of-smallholder-farmers/ <P>The agricultural investment landscape of Cambodia is changing rapidly. The large-scale development model driven by agro-industrial concessions is out of steam and other forms of investment linking farmers with companies and markets are emerging. In order to examine the implications of these transfo…

Agricultural investment at the crossroads in Cambodia: Towards inclusion of smallholder farmers?

The agricultural investment landscape of Cambodia is changing rapidly. The large-scale development model driven by agro-industrial concessions is out of steam and other forms of investment linking farmers with companies and markets are emerging. In order to examine the implications of these transformations for smallholder farmers, this case study reviews the experiences of four types of agricultural investments linking with smallholder farmers. The research findings focus on the reasons for the…

Agricultural Land Accumulation and Concentration in Viet Nam: Policy objectives and implications for smallholder farmers (Vietnamese)

This discussion note examines the objectives of Viet Nam’s policies on Agricultural Land Accumulation and Concentration (ALAC), to enable and promote larger-scale commercial production in an agricultural landscape where smallholder farmers remain the majority. Viet Nam’s fragmented land base has long been viewed as an obstacle to foreign and domestic investment in agribusiness, as well as for enterprising farmers to access more land where it may currently be under less efficient use. But focusin…

Persistence and Change in Customary Tenure Systems in Myanmar

This thematic brief is a summary of the original thematic study: Erni, C. (2021). Persistence and Change in Customary. The study describes the diversity of customary tenure systems in various regions of Myanmar; it looks at what they have in common and how they differ. It investigates the processes that affect or weaken the community jurisdiction over their lands and resources. It is intended as a resource for policymakers who are looking at recognizing and protecting the customary rights of r…

The Contract Farming Promotion and Development Act (2017) of Thailand: Origins and impacts to date (Thai)

Thailand has been a pioneer of contract farming (CF) in the Mekong region for domestic and export-oriented commodities and food products. As such, the country’s experiences in develop¬ing a legal framework to address common issues in CF schemes can benefit policy processes underway in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, where CF has also been rapidly expanding. Through interviews with government officials, researchers, and private sector actors, this thematic study explores key debates and challenges su…

Making contract farming more inclusive for smallholder farmers in Cambodia (Khmer)

Based on the experiences of four companies that have used contract farming to work with farmers in Cambodia, this policy brief offers suggestions for making contract farming more inclusive for smallholder farmers in view of the current drafting of a contract farming law by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The lessons from these cases about what worked and what did not work for the farmers involved have important policy implications, in terms of ensuring fair contractual arran…

Agricultural Land Accumulation and Concentration in Viet Nam: Policy objectives and implications for smallholder farmers

This discussion note examines the objectives of Viet Nam’s policies on Agricultural Land Accumulation and Concentration (ALAC), to enable and promote larger-scale commercial production in an agricultural landscape where smallholder farmers remain the majority. Viet Nam’s fragmented land base has long been viewed as an obstacle to foreign and domestic investment in agribusiness, as well as for enterprising farmers to access more land where it may currently be under less efficient use. But focusin…

Making contract farming more inclusive for smallholder farmers in Cambodia

Based on the experiences of four companies that have used contract farming to work with farmers in Cambodia, this policy brief offers suggestions for making contract farming more inclusive for smallholder farmers in view of the current drafting of a contract farming law by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The lessons from these cases about what worked and what did not work for the farmers involved have important policy implications, in terms of ensuring fair contractual arran…

Safeguards in Cases of Land Loss or Expropriation (Lao version)

Through a collaborative process with the Land Law Advisory Group in Laos, this series of briefing notes addresses some of the most pressing issues in the country in relation to the recently passed Land Law (2019) and Forest Law (2019). The five briefs in the series address: tenure rights in state forestlands; customary tenure rights; tenure rights to land for collective purposes; awareness-raising for gender and social inclusive and safeguards in cases of land loss or expropriation. The Land and…

Awareness-Raising About Gender and Social Inclusion in Respect of Land (Lao version)

Through a collaborative process with the Land Law Advisory Group in Laos, this series of briefing notes addresses some of the most pressing issues in the country in relation to the recently passed Land Law (2019) and Forest Law (2019). The five briefs in the series address: tenure rights in state forestlands; customary tenure rights; tenure rights to land for collective purposes; awareness-raising for gender and social inclusive and safeguards in cases of land loss or expropriation. The Land and…

Tenure Rights to Land For Collective Purposes (Lao version)

Through a collaborative process with the Land Law Advisory Group in Laos, this series of briefing notes addresses some of the most pressing issues in the country in relation to the recently passed Land Law (2019) and Forest Law (2019). The five briefs in the series address: tenure rights in state forestlands; customary tenure rights; tenure rights to land for collective purposes; awareness-raising for gender and social inclusive and safeguards in cases of land loss or expropriation. The Land and…

Customary Tenure Rights in Lao PDR (Lao version)

Through a collaborative process with the Land Law Advisory Group in Laos, this series of briefing notes addresses some of the most pressing issues in the country in relation to the recently passed Land Law (2019) and Forest Law (2019). The five briefs in the series address: tenure rights in state forestlands; customary tenure rights; tenure rights to land for collective purposes; awareness-raising for gender and social inclusive and safeguards in cases of land loss or expropriation. The Land and…

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