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Submitted by David Hall on
I have recently been involved in a study of the impact of cross-border contract farming, involving the export of cabbage from Champassack in Lao PDR, to Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand. Lao farmers near the roads were directly benefiting from small-scale contract farming opportunities, but those further away were not. A key recommendation to emerge from the study was for Government and donors to invest in the expansion of rural roads. I am glad to see your observations support this.