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 farmers to engage in contract farming, contractual arrangements, technical support services, and the perceived outcomes of contract farming. It highlights the key policy and institutional implications and offers recommendations to enhance the benefits to smallholder farmers.
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Land governance is at the center of development challenges in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Governments are revising land policies and practices in order to face these challenges. The project aims to (i) assist the emergence of more favorable policies and practices for securing the rights and access of family farmers to land and natural resources; and (ii) to strengthen the effectiveness of concerned stakeholders through learning, alliance building and regional cooperation.
The Analyzing Development Issues Centre (ADIC) was registered with Cambodia’s Ministry of the Interior on 4 April 2011. ADIC began from the Cooperation Committee of Cambodia (CCC)’s Analyzing Development Issues (ADI) Project in 1999 and transformed as an NGO in 2011. ADIC’s initial goal was to increase the critical thinking skills of NGO staff and their capacity to analyze development issues through development research that contributes to beneficial social change in local communities.