Proceedings of the Technical Meeting on GMS Cross-Border Agriculture Trade and Contract Farming

Publication | March 2009

The GMS Core Agriculture Support Program (CASP) endorsed by the GMS Agriculture Ministers' Meeting in 2007 outlines the key objectives, program components, and indicative projects for subregional cooperation to be pursued by the Working Group on Agriculture (WGA) between 2006-2010. One of the 5 components of the CASP is "Facilitating Cross-border Trade and Investment in Agriculture." Under this component, a priority project on Cross-border Investment and Contract Farming is included.

A Technical Meeting was organized in Bangkok, Thailand on 6 March 2009 to (i) provide an overview of a planned study on GMS Agriculture Trade Facilitation and Strategy; (ii) discuss current issues on GMS cross-border agricultural trade and contract farming; and (iii) generate technical inputs for the study. The Technical Meeting was attended by senior officials and WGA members from the six GMS countries (Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam), and representatives of development partners, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).


  • Introduction
  • Welcome Remarks
  • Overview of GMS Trade Facilitation and Strategy Study in the GMS: Objectives and Scope of Work
  • Issues on Agriculture Trade and Contract Farming
  • Key Issues and Policies in Contract Farming: Country Perspectives
  • Action Plan for Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in GMS Cross-border Trade
  • Closing Remarks