This project will consolidate partnerships across universities and disciplines in the UK and the Mekong region to co-develop a full proposal for a multi-country, long-term project, building on collaborative networks of local universities each with close linkages to small-scale farmers, and a range of state and non-state actors. The project addresses critical gaps in understanding of global food systems focusing on the analysis of the social and environmental viability of small-scale agriculture in a region characterised by high rates of poverty and climate vulnerability, and that makes significant contributions to global food production. Through reviews led by local partners, and a facilitated workshop the project will prepare a working paper that presents an analysis drivers and implications of change and pathways for transformation, and a full proposal. This paper will also be a stand-alone product of global academic value.
PI: Richard Friend, University of York