Platforms for Research and Partnership
CIRAD is involved in four research platforms in partnership in continental Southeast Asia, focusing on rubber growing, conservation agriculture, markets and agriculture linkages for cities, and animal health. A platform on forestry and climate change is currently being consolidated from Indonesia.
This regional network, CANSEA, on conservation agriculture was founded in September 2009 and involves CIRAD and eight institutional partners fom five Southeast Asian countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, plus China (Yunnan province) and Australia. Several regional conservation agriculture projects have been constructed and presented to donors. They promote an agroecological approach combining rural development with environmental preservation.
In Thailand, the Hevea Research Platform in Partnership (HRPP) was created in May 2008 for the natural rubber supply chain. This partnership is intended to promote high quality scientific research on Hevea growing and natural rubber. By bringing together Thai and French scientists in stable research teams acknowledged by the international scientific community, it facilitates joint deliberations, the joint construction of regional and ambitious projects taking multidisciplinary approaches, skill enhancement for certain partners and all the information circulation and sharing activities.
In Southeast Asia, multiple ecological and socio-economic factors have determined some agro ecosystems particularly conducive to the emergence and spread of animal and zoonotic diseases. Thus, the creation of this research platform on the management of emerging risks in Southeast Asia (GREASE), focusing on the major challenge of cross border emerging animal diseases, provides a response to a serious issue in this region.
MALICA is a research consortium on food markets and city-countryside linkages to adapt local production to urban demand for quality products and alleviate poverty. It strengthens research capacities and provides decision support to public officials, farmers and stakeholders in the food supply chains. In addition to CIRAD it involves teams from Laos and Vietnam.