Over the next 5 to 10 years South-East Asian rice producers will face a strong increase in competition and hence the need for major structural changes. In order to better understand the drivers for that change likely outcomes farm economists from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Germany came together in Bangkok in order start an agri benchmark initiative on rice.
On March 19th/20th the Knowledge Network Institute of Thailand (KNIT) and the global network “agri benchmark Cash Crop” organized a seminar in Bangkok. The workshop was funded by the Thai Research Fund. agri benchmark is an independent, science-based, non-profit network of farm economists striving to improve the understanding of global agriculture (see www.agribenchmark.org).
The experts Somporn Isvilanonda (KNIT, Thailand), Khiem Tri Nguyen (University An Giang, Vietnam), Khamsavang Sombounkhanh (Champasak Agriculture and Forestry College, Laos), Ngoc Luan Nguyen (Vietnam), Zaw Ye Tun (Corporate Executive, Myanmar Agri-business Public Corporation Ltd.) and Yelto Zimmer (Coordinator agri benchmark, Thünen Institute, Germany) agreed to start this initiative. There are talks underway to expand the cooperation to Cambodia
Based on the establishment of farmers groups and typical farms in the key rice production regions the following topics will be analyzed first: