Today, May 01, 2009 i wrote a research proposal for submission to CARF, my proposal’s purpose is to conduct the study on rice value chain in Takeo and Kompot provinces. The study will conduct in both seasons, rice market chain in the wet season and rice market chain in the dry season which cover in 90 villages across 30 communes in 10 districts of 2 provinces. The research team will consist of CEDAC’s staff (i myself who will be the team leader of this research project), government officials from the provincial department of agriculture, and students from National school of agriculture Prek Leap. I think that it is really good that we have opportunity to conduct a jointly research project together so that we could strengthen the knowledge and capacity in conducting rice value chain.

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At the end of this research, we would like to assess the exported paddy and imported rice to the studied villages and we will assess the paddy demand, supply situation especially from the local farmers, to conduct in-depth study on rice market chain actors and the power of each actor in the whole chains. On the other hand, this research project will also conduct the study on the impact of community rice mill to benefit farmers in term of price and negotiation power with the middlemen, etc. This research project will be helpful for CEDAC, government officials and other NGOs to provide support for improving rice market in the communities.

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