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Overview of Contract Farming in Thailand: Lessons Learned

dc.contributor.authorSongsak Sriboonchitta
dc.contributor.authorAree Wiboonpoongse
dc.description.abstractContract farming is a means to assist small growers in gaining market access and reducing price risk, and as such it has attracted attention from development agencies and governments in developing countries. This paper reviews literature related to contract farming in Thailand and adds updated information based on field visits in 2007. Special attention is given to roles played by government in the initial stage of contract farming development. Conclusively, it is important for the public sector to create a favorable environment and infrastructure to encourage investment in agribusiness and to coordinate the concerned parties to raise agricultural productivity. The paper also evaluates the effectiveness of contract farming as a means to stabilize farmers’ income and strategize agricultural development. The findings show that while the poorest farmers were not excluded from contract farming, special measures may be needed to encourage their full participation. In the long run, small farmers were able to accumulate production and management skills, thus improving their bargaining position. Together with improved infrastructure and a more competitive market due to farmers’ innovation, the farmers’ best choice may include non-contract production.
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank
dc.rightsCC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.titleOverview of Contract Farming in Thailand: Lessons Learned
dc.typeWorking Papers
dc.subject.expertSustainable agriculture
dc.subject.expertCommercial agriculture
dc.subject.expertAgricultural And Rural Development
dc.subject.expertAsian Development Bank
dc.subject.expertWater Resources Development
dc.subject.expertSustainable Development
dc.subject.adbAgricultural institutes
dc.subject.adbAgricultural development
dc.subject.adbJoint projects
dc.subject.adbDevelopment models
dc.subject.adbIndustrial policy
dc.subject.naturalFood Supply
dc.subject.naturalEconomic development
dc.subject.naturalNew agricultural enterprises
dc.subject.naturalCooperative agriculture
dc.subject.naturalGovernment policy
dc.subject.naturalCommunication in rural development
dc.subject.naturalDevelopment banks
dc.title.seriesADBI Working Paper Series
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank
oar.adminregionSoutheast Asia Region
oar.authorSriboonchitta, Songsak
oar.authorWiboonpoongse, Aree

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