Making Globalization Work Better for the Poor through Contract Farming

Publication | September 2014

The practice of contract farming is improving lives in rural areas in various parts of Asia, especially of small-scale farmers who now have assured markets for their produce. 

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The changing structure of agricultural trade in a globalizing world has become an integral part of effective rural development. In this context, contract farming has emerged as a promising rural development strategy that has gained momentum in the region, providing technical training, production inputs, and market linkages to smallholders. Contractors, often multinational agribusiness companies, in turn benefit from a steady supply of consistent quality produce. Contract farming is also evolving and now comes in modified forms to better address the needs and capacities of all parties involved. Its service of linking producers and markets, however, remains unchanged, along with the gains it brings to smallholder producers, agribusiness firms, and eventually consumers. 


  • Introduction
  • Overview of Contract Farming and Regional Cooperation
    • Global Partnership in Poverty Reduction: Contract Farming and Regional Cooperation
    • Overview of Contract Farming in Thailand: Lessons Learned
  • Contract Farming Experience in Selected Asian Countries
    • Methodology and Empirical Methods to Mitigate Selection Bias
    • Contract Farming and Poverty Reduction: The Case of Organic Rice Contract Farming in Thailand
    • Rice Contract Farming in the Lao PDR: Moving from Subsistence to Commercial Agriculture
    • Rice Contract Farming in Cambodia: Empowering Farmers to Move Beyond the Contract toward Independence
  • Traceability Systems and Global Agribusiness Trade Regime
    • Standards and Agricultural Trade in Asia
    • Food Safety and Information Communication Technology Traceability Systems: Lessons from Japan for Developing Countries
    • International Supply Chain Management through Contract Farming: Experience of Japanese Firms in Selected Asian Countries
  • Evolving Forms of Contract Farming Practices
    • Is a Written or Verbal Contract Better for Farmers? Case Study of Asparagus Contract Farming in Thailand
    • International Social Contract Farming: Case of Banana Export from Thailand to Japan
  • Glossary
  • Index

Additional Details

  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Access to rural finance, technology, and markets
  • Private sector development
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • BKK135593-2
  • 978-92-9254-612-0 (print)
  • 978-92-9254-613-7 (electronic)

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