The latest issue (Volume 11, Issue 1) features articles that look at the development of smallholder farming systems in Bhutan and Indonesia, fruit and vegetable producers in India, and fisheries potential of freshwater gobies in the Philippines. It also features a qualitative review of Vietnam's economic plans and their impact on the agriculture sector and a survey on the transaction costs of exchange in agriculture. Read More
AJAD invites articles on inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD). AJAD's publisher, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has just begun its 10th Five-Year plan which focuses on ISARD. Read More
The Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD), an international refereed journal, provides information and analysis on topics within the broad scope of agriculture and development. It publishes articles resulting from empirical, policy-oriented, or institutional development studies, as well as articles of perspectives on agriculture and development; political economy of rural development; and trade issues.
Meet AJAD's Editorial Board headed by Arsenio M. Balisacan, incumbent Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning of the Philippines and concurrently the Director-General of the Philippine National Economic and Development Authority and Nobuhiko Fuwa, Professor at the Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies.
In the last two decades, Asia has become the worldâ€™s fastest economically growing area. Countries in Southeast Asia are growing at an increasing rate. For instance, the average annual income is increasing from 4% to 8%, population from 2% to 3%, urbanization from 4% to 6%, and meat consumption from 4% to 8%. In this region, pork is the most important source of meat, accounting for approximately 58% of total meat output. However, pig production in the region is small in scale with more than 70% being smallholders. Regional and national goals to reach the international market threaten traditional pig production due to its perceived low standard of output. Alongside, natural resources are under high pressure from heavy pollution emanating from pig production. Industrialization has caused the migration of the pig population from rural areas to the outskirts of big cities like Manila, Ho Chi Minh, and Siemriep, or Phnom Penh. Industrialization has also resulted in air, soil, and water pollution in these cities. In addition, the region shares a huge area of the South China Sea and by intensive pig keeping, surplus nutrients and minerals flow into that sea.This paper aims to: 1) provide an overview of the current pig production situation in certain selected ASEAN countries, namely Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, and Vietnam; 2) analyze how these changes may occur over the coming years and how it will affect the livelihoods of different types of pig farmers (large, medium, small); 3) identify some of the constraints that will need to be overcome (e.g., environmental impact, disease challenge, breed loss, effect of globalization, marginalization of small farmers, climate change issues); and 4) to pinpoint certain guidelines for drawing up a regional strategy on pig production.
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