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Project

Turning value chains into social gains in Southeast Asia
 

Cambodia
Far East Asia
Indonesia
Laos
Malaysia
Myanmar
Philippines
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Viet Nam
Project ID
108296
Total Funding
CAD 1,707,390.00
IDRC Officer
Bouba Housseini
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
40 months

Programs and partnerships

Employment and Growth

Lead institution(s)

Project leader:
Alexander Capri
Singapore

Project leader:
Nadia Soerjanto
Singapore

Project leader:
Pranav Sethaputra
Singapore

Summary

Global value chains, which now form the largest share of the world’s trade, involve producers and enterprises that produce goods as inputs for other producers. In Southeast Asian countries, these industries employ large numbers of low-skilled workers, particularly women.Read more

Global value chains, which now form the largest share of the world’s trade, involve producers and enterprises that produce goods as inputs for other producers. In Southeast Asian countries, these industries employ large numbers of low-skilled workers, particularly women. Governments aim to facilitate these value chains through trade agreements.

A collaboration between JustJobs Network Inc., Grow Asia Partnership Ltd., and the National University of Singapore, this project aims to contribute to better economic opportunities for workers and small producers, particularly women, in five Southeast Asian countries. Research will identify how participation in value chains can promote employment and better working conditions in the garment, electronics, and agro industries. The project will support collaborative research on value chains and create a learning forum for practitioners, producers, and emerging leaders on how value chains can contribute to more and better employment.

This project will support Canada’s global objectives, its collaboration with the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN), and its role in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It will promote Canada-ASEAN collaboration with the University of British Columbia and the Canada-ASEAN Business Council to promote sustainable business practices in the region.

Research outputs

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Paper
Language:

English

Summary

Findings from the assessment illuminate the need for improvements in the fruit sub-sector. Farmers need training in pesticide use and pest and disease management. A working group could become responsible for developing integrated value chains for fruit, covering all stages of intervention. Recommendations include building capacity and increasing network and linkages between local producers, collectors, wholesalers and retailers, and; organizing public-private dialogues/events for public sectors, private sectors and financial institutions at least twice a year to discuss issues and identify interventions. At least one pilot value chain model should be implemented to inform best practices.

Author(s)
Cambodia Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture (CPSA)
Study
Language:

English

Summary

The study collected and analyzed information on the value chains of cashew production in Preh Vihear and Kampong Thom provinces. The results contribute to cashew sector analysis towards policy development by the Ministry of Commerce. Compared with neighboring countries, state supports are very limited in terms of the cashew sub-sector, including extension services, price supports, market or industry linkages, irrigation and agriculture inputs (such as fertilizers), credit, income and crop insurance for farmers, and investment in agricultural science and technologies.

Author(s)
Cambodian Institute for Research and Rural Development (CIRD)
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