On the other hand, the region is also active in the promotion of regional economic integration, spearheaded by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Its 10 member states: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, cover all the independent territories of SEA, except for Timor-Leste. This background paper for the Rice Policy Roundtable1 takes a timely look at rice policies in SEA to offer guidance for policymakers and other stakeholders under current and future market realities. It focuses on developing economies in the region, namely, the CLMV countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam), and the ASEAN-4 (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines,
The objectives of the Roundtable were:
1. To examine rice policies across the countries in SEA;
2. To abstract lessons from the country experiences;
3. To understand knowledge gaps, and where appropriate, list activities such as research and knowledge management that could be undertaken per country or across the region; and
4. To craft possible policy inputs to be presented to governments, particularly the Philippines.
Author Roehlano M. Briones - Philippine Institue for Development Studies