MALICA collaborative platform aims to strengthen the research and decision capacity on food market analysis and urban/rural linkages of researchers, students, public officials, and private groups in Vietnam and in Laos. MALICA’s overall objective is to foster the sustainability of food systems in South-East Asia.
MALICA research activities consist in analyzing, assessing and supporting innovations and transformations in agricultural, distribution and consumption models. Particular attention is paid to the opportunities, challenges and changes introduced by urban and regional markets and value chains dynamics. Our research targets farmer livelihoods, poverty alleviation, food quality and safety and natural resource management.
In terms of methods, MALICA is characterized by its strong empirical focus grounded into field work. It works through joint research and development projects, trainings, communication activities, workshops and seminars.
“Markets and Agriculture Linking Chains in Asia” (MALICA) is an international consortium of research partners established in 2002. The partners are the Vietnamese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS), including direct participation by the Fruit and Vegetable research Institute (FAVRI) and by the Center for Agrarian Systems Research and Development (CASRAD); the Institute for Policies and Strategies for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD), including direct participation by its Rural Development Centre (RUDEC); the University of Laos (Faculty of Agriculture) ; the Center for International Cooperation in Agriculture Research for Development (CIRAD, France), the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture entre (CIAT), and the French Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)