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Improving market engagement, postharvest management and productivity of the Cambodian and Lao PDR vegetable industries

Project Code: ASEM/2012/081
Budget:
A$2,891,989
Research Program Manager: Dr. Jayne Curnow
Project Leader: Mr. Jeremy Badgery-Parker - University of Adelaide
Duration:
AUG 2014
2019
DEC 2019
Project Status: Legally Committed/Active
Map
Map of Lao PDR and Cambodia
Key partners
Cambodia Agricultural Research and Development Institute
Charles Sturt University
General Directorate of Agriculture
International Development Enterprises
National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute
National University of Laos
NSW Department of Primary Industries
ROYAL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Overview

This project is developing innovative production and supply chain systems that enable the Cambodian and Laos vegetable industries to meet year-round consumer demand for vegetables.

Expected outcomes

  • 'High-Low plastic roof shelter’ project-designed low cost protected cropping structure developed and assessed across 16 demonstration and trial sites are enabling farmers to produce economic crop yields over the whole year, including the wet season.
  • Train the Trainer workshops on protected cropping, mitigating food safety risks and post-harvest losses conducted and in-country teams, delivering technical outreach activities for smallholders, other agencies and organisations.
  • Analysis of vegetable wholesale markets to improve understanding of domestic market dynamics and provide insights into opportunities for smallholders.
  • Daily wholesale prices for a range of crops collected over a three-year period to appreciate the seasonality and stability of price fluctuations as well as price differentials with imported product and better inform potential market engagement strategies for smallholders.
  • Food safety risk assessments conducted on smallholder vegetable farms to identify the likelihood and potential impacts of pesticide residue and/or pathogen contamination and to improve food safety awareness amongst farmers.
  • Vegetable supply chains mapped from production through to the wholesale market to identify critical stages in the supply chain that lead to quality loss to develop interventions that can reduce post-harvest losses.
  • Straightforward post-harvest interventions evaluated for efficacy and feasibility.
  • A series of regional networking and information exchange events linking government, NGO and industry stakeholders.
  • Trialling a universal online sharepoint concept for vegetable industry resources.