CIRAD in Southeast Asia

CIRAD has been operating in Southeast Asia for over 40 years in various agronomic fields: agriculture, livestock and forestry. CIRAD currently has around fifty expatriate researchers in the different countries of continental Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian islands, where they are involved in operations or projects with a national or regional impact, within the framework of priority research platforms in partnership with national, regional or international organizations.

  • CIRAD in Cambodia

    Paysage de rizière et palmiers typiques du Cambodge© Cirad, JC Maillard
    In Cambodia, CIRAD primarily gears its research toward reconstructing sustainable farming and alleviating poverty. This includes food security and health safety, managing emerging epidemiological risks, environmental protection, ecological intensification, and promoting biodiversity.
  • CIRAD in Indonesia

    © Cirad, A. Rival
    CIRAD has been operating in Indonesia for almost 40 years. At the outset, our research concerned the major tree crop supply chains – oil palm, coconut, rubber – then was gradually extended to the forestry and agroforestry sectors (coffee, cocoa), particularly in partnership with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
  • CIRAD in Laos

    Direct seeding mulch-based cropping systems in Laos. © Cirad
    Small enclosed mountainous country, in which the population density is even lower than 30 inhabitants/km2, the Lao People's Democratic Republic looks as an exception in South-East Asia. Indeed the country was able to find a relative food self-sufficiency (in particular on rice) without having turned into systems of production as intensive as those of his neighbours more densely populated. Because of the very high diversity of its ecosystems, the country hardly seems to have of comparative advantages for forms of industrial farming based on a large scale and the risk is to design "standard" development projects, favouring the economies of scale, which may not respect the ecological diversity and the cultural identity of the country. Therefore CIRAD is reinforcing its activities on new type of agriculture that optimise yields and preserve biodiversity.
  • Cirad in Malaysia

    Marché de Kota Belud, vendeur de piments et gingembre. © Cirad, C. Lanaud
    CIRAD, which has been operating in Malaysia for several years, first started working on natural rubber and coconut. Today, with two expatriate researchers, it is mainly working on timber and forest product economics, mainly with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). CIRAD is also working towards closer cooperation with the University of Putra Malaysia.
  • Cirad in the Philippines

    Map of Philippines.
    In the framework of the Science and Technology agreement signed by the Philippines and France in 1978, CIRAD started its cooperation with PCARRD in 1987 in agriculture and natural resources. Many regional and international organizations having their headquarters in the Philippines (ADB, SEARCA, IRRI), the Philippines play at the regional level a key role. Working with these organizations gives to Cirad the opportunity to scale up his action, to reach a higher number of scientists for scientific collaboration and for capacity building and to deliver at a regional and global level.
  • CIRAD in Thailand

    Hévéaculture © Cirad
    CIRAD has had a strong research and training activity in Thailand for over 30 years, based on institutional and scientific partnerships of excellence, notably with the major Thai universities.
  • CIRAD in Vietnam

     Cirad Regional office in the Maison de la Science Française au Vietnam. © Cirad, J.-C. Maillard
    CIRAD’s research in Vietnam deals with the different development issues of a country undergoing an economic boom, which is having to deal with a strong increase in local demand for food products. CIRAD is thus working with government organizations in setting in place general policies for the rational, ecological and sustainable intensification of plant and animal production in a context of severe land constraints making it necessary to produce more on increasingly small areas, with the obligation to more effectively satisfy the quality requirements of its population.
  • Partnership

    Signature GMOU between CIRAD and TRF
    In Southeast Asia, CIRAD develops highly diversified national, regional or international cooperation with partners in research and higher education, with financial partners, donors or funding agencies. CIRAD also works in this region in particular with some private agroindustrial partners.
  • About Southeast Asia

    Bangkok's traffic (Thailand) © Cirad, J-C Maillard
    The countries of Asia are home to half of the world’s population. Over 75% of those people are rural. Given this demographic pressure in a zone with sustained economic growth, the issues related to food security and food quality, natural resource management (especially water and soils), or the impact of climate change on the environment are fundamental.
    CIRAD’s two Regional Offices in continental Southeast Asia and the Southeast Asian Islands cover 11 countries representing a vast area that is geographically, politically, economically and culturally heterogeneous.

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