Cambodia-Australia Agricultural Value Chain Program

Cassava value chains and livelihoods in South-East Asia

Cassava is an important staple food in many parts of the world but in South-East Asia, it is also grown for industrial starch production, animal feed and biofuel. For some smallholder farmers, cassava contributes 50% or more to their household income, so global market trends and shocks can lead to price uncertainty for farmers and directly impact their livelihood. 

CAVAC has been partnering with private and public sector, and key experts to make cassava a prosperous sector. In partnership with research organisations such as CIAT and ACIAR, CAVAC participated in a regional symposium in July 2019 in Indonesia. Key experts and participants at the symposium were from the public and private sectors, researchers and the development sector across Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia.

These proceedings collate the presentations and discussions from the symposium, and serve as a record of the positive and fruitful interactions between symposium participants. CAVAC’s presentation and discussion can be found on the proceedings paper number four on page 82-83.