CIRAD Regional Director for Southeast Asia
12/11/2012 - Article
CIRAD has had research and training operations in Thailand for some thirty years now. The signature of two general agreements at the end of October of this year is proof of the organization's commitment to stepping up cooperation with the country on research and training operations concerning agriculture and rural development.
There are fifteen CIRAD researchers working in Thailand, in several faculties at Kasetsart University and, until now, just one international higher education establishment: the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). It is with this institute that CIRAD recently renewed its general cooperation agreement for a further two years, in the field of sustainable water management as a resource for agriculture and rural development.
A second agreement was also signed, for the first time, with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), a government research agency that coordinates four research centres in Thailand. The agreement, for an initial five-year period, concerns the fields of environmental management, agriculture, food production and processing, animal disease control, and biotechnologies.