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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. A Fragrant Aroma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Pornsiri Suebpongsang, Benchaphun Ekasingh, Rob Cramb
      Pages 39-68 Open Access
    3. Prathanthip Kramol, Benchaphun Ekasingh
      Pages 69-83 Open Access
    4. Prathanthip Kramol, Pornsiri Suebpongsang, Benchaphun Ekasingh
      Pages 85-99 Open Access
  4. A Sticky Situation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Vongpaphane Manivong, Rob Cramb
      Pages 103-119 Open Access
    3. Liana Williams, Rob Cramb
      Pages 121-149 Open Access
    4. Silinthone Sacklokham, Lytoua Chialue, Fue Yang
      Pages 151-168 Open Access
    5. Chitpasong Kousonsavath, Silinthone Sacklokham
      Pages 169-186 Open Access
    6. Phengkhouane Manivong, Silinthone Sacklokham
      Pages 187-199 Open Access
    7. Jonathan Newby, Vongpaphane Manivong, Rob Cramb
      Pages 201-223 Open Access
  5. In Pursuit of White Gold

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Rob Cramb, Chea Sareth, Theng Vuthy
      Pages 227-245 Open Access
    3. Chhim Chhun, Theng Vuthy, Nou Keosothea
      Pages 247-259 Open Access
    4. Chea Sareth, Rob Cramb, Shu Fukai
      Pages 261-289 Open Access
    5. Theng Vuthy
      Pages 291-308 Open Access
    6. Kem Sothorn
      Pages 309-326 Open Access

About this book

Introduction

This open access book is about understanding the processes involved in the transformation of smallholder rice farming in the Lower Mekong Basin from a low-yielding subsistence activity to one producing the surpluses needed for national self-sufficiency and a high-value export industry. For centuries, farmers in the Basin have regarded rice as “white gold”, reflecting its centrality to their food security and well-being. In the past four decades, rice has also become a commercial crop of great importance to Mekong farmers, augmenting but not replacing its role in securing their subsistence. This book is based on collaborative research to (a) compare the current situation and trajectories of rice farmers within and between different regions of the Lower Mekong, (b) explore the value chains linking rice farmers with new technologies and input and output markets within and across national borders, and (c) understand the changing role of government policies in facilitating the on-going evolution of commercial rice farming. An introductory section places the research in geographical and historical context. Four major sections deal in turn with studies of rice farming, value chains, and policies in Northeast Thailand, Central Laos, Southeastern Cambodia, and the Mekong Delta. The final section examines the implications for rice policy in the region as a whole. 

Rob Cramb is Honorary Professor of Agricultural Development in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at The University of Queensland, Australia. He has taught, researched, and consulted on agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia for over forty years. His previous books include Land and Longhouse: Agrarian Change in the Uplands of Sarawak and (with John McCarthy) The Oil Palm Complex: Smallholders, Agribusiness and the State in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Keywords

Open access Rice farming in Mainland Southeast Asia Commercialisation of rice farming in the Lower Mekong Basin Smallholder agricultural development in Southeast Asia Rice value chains in Southeast Asia Technological change in agriculture in Southeast Asia Intensification of rice farming in Southeast Asia Diversification of farming systems in Southeast Asia Agricultural policy in Southeast Asia Rice Farming in Thailand Rice Farming in Laos Rice Farming in Vietnam Rice-Based Farming Systems in the Mekong Delta Cross-Border Trade in Rice from Cambodia to Vietnam Cross-Border Trade in Sticky Rice from Laos to Vietnam Credit use by Rice Farmers in Southeast Asia Supply of Fertiliser for Rice Farming in Southeast Asia Irrigation in Rice Farming in Southeast Asia Rainfed Rice Farming in Southeast Asia Farmer Organizations in Southeast Asia

Editors and affiliations

  • Rob Cramb
    • 1
  1. 1.St LuciaAustralia

About the editors

Rob Cramb is Honorary Professor of Agricultural Development in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at The University of Queensland, Australia. He has taught, researched, and consulted on agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia for over forty years. His previous books include Land and Longhouse: Agrarian Change in the Uplands of Sarawak and (with John McCarthy) The Oil Palm Complex: Smallholders, Agribusiness and the State in Indonesia and Malaysia.

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