East and South-East Asia

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ACIAR partners with nine countries in our east and South-East Asia region. We have enjoyed an enduring relationship with these countries, which is largely and traditionally characterised by bilateral country research partnerships. Our work in the region is underpinned by common trends to create opportunities for greater regional cooperation and trilateral collaboration in research.


130 projects, 9 countries, 12 locally-based staff, A$29.9 million, 26.1% 37, >420

Countries where we work

Cambodia | China | Indonesia | Laos | Mongolia | Myanmar | Philippines | Thailand | Vietnam

Region highlights

July 2019: ACIAR signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Forestry Environment Research & Development Innovation Agency to improve management of natural forests and agroforestry systems.

November 2019: ACIAR signed off the new 10-year country program strategy in Cambodia. From 2019 to 2029, ACIAR and our Cambodian partners will focus research collaborations on three agricultural domains to support the development of Cambodian agriculture.

December 2019: The 2nd Annual Regional (Mekong) Alumni Workshop was held in Bangkok.

January 2020: President of the National Assembly of Laos, Pany Yathotou, and Lao Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Sisavath Inphachanh, visited ACIAR in Canberra.

February 2020: Dr Peter Horne, ACIAR General Manager for Country Partnerships, visited Vietnam and participated in the ACIAR and Vietnam health check dialogue. Dr Horne had an in-depth discussion with Vietnamese partners from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

March 2020: The Australian Commission for International Agricultural Research visited Indonesia to strengthen cooperation with some of Indonesia’s leading research institutes.

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