THE VEGETABLE SECTOR IN TROPICAL ASIA: IMPORTANCE, ISSUES AND A WAY AHEAD
The vegetable sector is a key industry for food security, trade development, income generation and livelihood improvement in tropical Asia. This paper provides an overview of the industry, the production systems and crops, the value and outputs for the region. It articulates the key issues in 5 focal countries (India, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam), which together represent about 75% of the population, more than 65% of the land area and 87% of vegetable production in tropical Asia. These countries display a broad spectrum of policies and responses to vegetable industry development and together face a range of socio-economic and marketing challenges. While the vegetable sector plays an important role in each of these countries, we argue that industry growth and development has not fully capitalized on the demand potential for the region, nor fully met existing and emerging opportunities for export and processing to supply customers within and outside tropical Asia. To more fully realize the potential and boost benefit flows to industry and consumers, an Action Agenda is proposed. Key themes include improving farmers profits, facilitating industry restructuring, enhancing industry professionalism, focusing market development and increasing consumption.
Johnson, G.I., Weinberger, K. and Wu, M.H. (2009). THE VEGETABLE SECTOR IN TROPICAL ASIA: IMPORTANCE, ISSUES AND A WAY AHEAD . Acta Hortic. 809, 15-34
vegetables, action agenda, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, trade, supermarkets, supply chains, agribusiness, public-private partnerships