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September 24, 2014

USAID, together with USAID's Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project is hosting a two-day Mobiles for Development Forum in Bangkok, Thailand on January 20 and 21, 2015.

The Mobiles for Development Asia Forum is a follow up to the successful one-day forum held in January 2014. That forum focused on showcasing successful examples of the use of mobile tools for development and discussing challenges/opportunities in designing and applying mobiles to development (click here for more details on the previous forum).

The Mobiles for Development Asia Forum 2015 seeks to expand upon those themes by catalyzing conversations and actions to create a more holistic and inclusive approach to mobiles for development, thereby resulting in lasting and genuinely impactful interventions. By popular demand, we have expanded the forum to two days to allow for a more in-depth exploration of these topics. 

August 27, 2014

Livestock production systems in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) range from traditional smallholder livestock-keeping systems to large highly productive commercial enterprises. Traditional systems are small-scale, low intensity, low-input, low-output systems, typically raising stock of local genetics and with limited market orientation. They contribute well over 90% of total numbers of producers in the LMB, and over 50% of total production. These systems dominate the higher elevation forested and more sloping ecozones and typically are associated with low-income, vulnerable households. Women, the elderly, and children are often responsible for household livestock, providing them with an important source of cash income and increased social standing.

August 27, 2014

Growing conditions for agriculture are diverse in the Lower Mekong Basin, from the mountainous areas of Lao PDR and the Central Highlands in Vietnam to the lowland plains in the Mekong Delta. Farming systems range from traditional shifting agriculture systems dominated by upland rice through industrial plantations, including smallholder intensive rice farmers. This report provides a detailed summary of the issues and trends by ecozone.

August 27, 2014

This report presents the results of the fisheries component of the USAID Mekong ARCC Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study. It first provides an overview of the current state of the important capture fisheries and aquaculture systems in the Lower Mekong Basin, focusing on those elements that are threatened by climate change.

PEER researchers in Vietnam examine a fish catch at a local market.
August 27, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID),   National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have announced 26 new research projects in Asia funded through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program a joint initiative designed to foster collaborative global research.  Through this competitive grants program, USAID directly supports researchers in developing countries who work with U.S. government-funded U.S. scientists. Two of new projects are funded by USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia and will strengthen regional biodiversity research networks and enhance coordinated data collection and monitoring to inform development and policy interventions.

U.S. Business and Government Unite to Support Small Business in Myanmar
August 26, 2014
YANGON, August 26, 2014 – More than 250 entrepreneurs gathered in Yangon for an event organized by U.S. multinationals and the U.S. government to discuss how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can operate their businesses within the global supply chain.
 

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