Richard Friend, at the University of York, is leading a new collaboration between the Universities of York, Leeds and Lancaster and universities in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. This project builds on networks of universities in the Mekong region which have established close linkages to small-scale farmers, and a range of other state and non-state actors.

Addressing critical gaps in the understanding of global food systems, this project is focusing on the analysis of the social and environmental viability of small-scale agriculture in a region characterised by high rates of poverty, climate vulnerability and rapid rates of urbanisation, and that makes significant contributions to global food production.