Agriculture

Agriculture is the backbone of the Greater Mekong Subregion’s economies. With over 60% of the subregion’s 332 million inhabitants engaged in small-scale agriculture, it directly supports the livelihoods of nearly 200 million people.

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While agriculture is the cornerstone of many families’ livelihoods, it is also exacting a toll on the environment, contributing to forest and biodiversity loss, water pollution and shortages, soil degradation, and greenhouse gas emissions.

People and governments in the Greater Mekong Subregion are working to develop agricultural practices that simultaneously conserve land and water resources, while at the same time increasing the productivity and profitability of agriculture, particularly for small-scale farmers.

Countries are pooling resources and expertise to increase the competitiveness of their agricultural products and encourage investment in agribusiness, while at the same time conserving the environment and natural resources. This involves research and technology that emphasizes climate-friendly agricultural development, including participation by the private sector with a focus on food security. This work is being guided by the Core Agriculture Support Program Phase II (CASP II) 2011-2020, supported by the Government of Sweden (Sida), Nordic Development Fund, Water Financing Partnership Facility, and Asian Development Bank.

Learn more:

Core Agriculture Support Program Phase I (2006-2010)
Core Agriculture Support Program Phase II (2011-2015)
Summary of Proceedings
GMS Working Group on Agriculture website
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Rural communities in the Greater Mekong Subregion are vulnerable to climate-related disasters, such as floods, droughts, and storms. Risk financing can help people protect their livelihood and productive assets better through a combination of risk retention, risk sharing, and risk transfer mechanisms. Photo: ADB.

How Risk Financing Can Help Mekong Farmers Cope with Disasters

Risk financing can help at-risk communities better cope with the economic costs of natural disasters and extreme weather.

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Strategy for Promoting Safe and Environment-Friendly Agro-Based Value Chains in the Greater Mekong Subregion and Siem Reap Action Plan, 2018-2022

The Second GMS Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting has endorsed a strategy to promote safe and environment-friendly agriculture products, and a plan to strengthen value chain integration involving smallholder farmers, rural women, as well as small and medium-sized agro-enterprises.


GMS Agriculture Working Group Finalizing Strategy on Agro-Based Value Chains

The focus will be on inclusiveness and impacting the small-scale farmers and micro and small agri-enterprises in GMS.

GMS Agriculture Working Group Finalizing Strategy on Agro-Based Value Chains

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA (13 July 2017) — A senior level working group meeting is finalizing a 5-year strategy for promoting safe and environment-friendly agro-based value chains (2018-2022) for the Greater Mekong Subregion.

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At the THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2017 in Bangkok, the Greater Mekong Subregion Pavilion will feature high-quality, safe, and environment-friendly food products from the six GMS countries. Photo: ADB.

At the THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2017 in Bangkok, the Greater Mekong Subregion Pavilion will feature high-quality, safe, and environment-friendly food products from the six GMS countries. Photo: ADB.

Mekong Countries Showcase Environment-Friendly Agriculture in Bangkok

The Greater Mekong Subregion Working Group on Agriculture is organizing two policy forums, a GMS Pavilion, chef shows, and coffee and tea demonstrations at the THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2017 on 31 May to 4 June 2017.

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