In Mekong countries, agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture constitute major sources of earning for the poor and nearly two thirds of the rural population. However, agriculture is highly affected by climate change and extreme weather events, as well as price fluctuations of inputs and outputs. Further, while achievements in agriculture and rural development have contributed significantly to the economy and environmental sustainability of Mekong countries, agricultural production in these countries has negative effects on the environment through pollution and the degradation of the quality of land and water sources. Productivity is reaching a limit, and further research is necessary to address the problems facing agriculture in rural areas.

MDRI contributes valuable input to national policy formulation and implementation by working to raise awareness on the importance of investment in the agricultural sector and rural development as a crucial instrument to eradicate poverty and improve food security. We demonstrate this by emphasizing the linkage between agricultural livelihoods and economic empowerment. In our research, we cover a wide range of topics related to agricultural development, especially in the context of rising globalization and economic integration. By addressing emerging and urgent topics, we provide important inputs to policy-makers.

In 2013-2014, MDRI completed a project for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment that assessed land use and management of areas under the Vietnam Land Administration Project. This assessment evaluated ethnic minorities’ accessibility to land services, land use and management of ethnic minorities, and the effectiveness of awareness raising activities through the study of community participation and use of mass media. In the same time period, we provided an assessment of the export potential of the agriculture sector in Vietnam for the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency, which evaluated the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of different agricultural product groups and identified key areas of intervention and related policies that can promote future export growth.



Client: The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) & the World Bank (WB) Time: 09 – 12/2019 Overview: The Government of Vietnam, MPI and the WB have launched the Central Highlands Poverty Reduction Project (CHPRP) in 6 provinces (4 Central Highland provinces – Dak Nong, Dak Lak, Kon Tum, Gia Lai and 2 Central Southern provinces –…


Client: The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Time: 06 – 10/2019 Overview: Since 2011, with funding support from the Government of Australia, the Government of South Korea and Asian Development Bank, the Government of Vietnam has implemented the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project (CMDP) to enhance transport mobility in the Mekong Delta Region and provide…


Client:     The World Bank Time:       07 – 09/2018 Overview: Experimental research on willingness to pay for water has focused on point-of-use or point-of-collection water treatment and has found valuations of water quality well below the cost of the technology itself (Kremer et al., 2010; Null 2012). Given the difficulties encountered with random assignment of infrastructure…


Client: SNV Vietnam Time: 06-07/2018 Overview: “Enhancing Opportunities for Women’s Enterprises” (EOWE) is a 5 year programme (2016-2020) funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands as part of the Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) funding stream. The programme is implemented in collaboration with local partners in four central provinces of…


Client: NIRAS-IP and German Development Cooperation, GIZ Vietnam Time: 05/2018 – 12/2018 Overview: The “2030 Agenda for sustainable development”, adopted on a UN summit in New York in September 2015, is the first international agreement taking all three dimensions of sustainable development into account: economic, ecologic as well as social factors. Vietnam has successfully established…

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