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As Rubber Plantations Expand in the Highlands of Southeast Asia, What Happens to Local Farmers?

by Jefferson Fox, Jean Christophe Castella, and Kaspar Hurni

East-West Wire

Publisher: Honolulu, HI: East-West Center
Publication Date: 15 August 2018
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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What happens to local farmers in the highlands of Southeast Asia as the land they cultivated for centuries is transformed into rubber plantations? In China, Thailand, and Vietnam, many have been able to grow rubber, and some have become wealthy. In Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, by contrast, traditional farmers are being squeezed out by large companies. Government policies and programs appear to make all the difference in who benefits from expanded rubber production and who does not.