Research Reports   9

Cambodia’s Agricultural Strategy: Future Development Options for the Rice Sector

Published: 10-Mar-2011
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This paper first reviews the performance of the rice sector and rice-related government policies and interventions and then explores a possible development path for rice by comparing the current situation in Cambodia with the early development stages of Thailand and Vietnam. With strong government support, rice production has grown rapidly since 2003, but only a small portion goes to foreign markets. As Cambodian rice varieties are fetching a premium price due to superior taste and quality, Thailand’s experience suggests that Cambodia’s rice strategy should focus more on increasing competitiveness by exploring export opportunities and cultivating different varieties for different types of consumers in foreign markets.

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