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The drivers of contract eucalypt farming in Thailand

Boulay, Axelle; Tacconi, Luca

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Eucalypt plantations and contract farming for eucalypts have expanded and are now occurring on a large scale despite concerns about their social and environmental impacts. Our analysis shows that Thai policies and land tenure context have been the principal drivers of the adoption of eucalypt tree growing by Thai smallholders. Thai policies and land tenure system are responsible for the current key role played by smallholders in pulp production. Contract eucalypt farming has become critical for...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBoulay, Axelle
dc.contributor.authorTacconi, Luca
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:54:12Z
dc.identifier.issn1465-5489
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/28072
dc.description.abstractEucalypt plantations and contract farming for eucalypts have expanded and are now occurring on a large scale despite concerns about their social and environmental impacts. Our analysis shows that Thai policies and land tenure context have been the principal drivers of the adoption of eucalypt tree growing by Thai smallholders. Thai policies and land tenure system are responsible for the current key role played by smallholders in pulp production. Contract eucalypt farming has become critical for the major pulp companies in Thailand to secure the supply of the raw material. Companies use contract farming to promote eucalypts among smallholders who have not farmed them before and secure their supply in a context of strong competition among buyers. None of the impacts of contract eucalypt farming on the environment and on livelihoods in general are well understood yet, and the paper argues that, to inform appropriate policy development, there is a need to explain how contract tree farming impacts livelihoods.
dc.publisherCommonwealth Forestry Association
dc.sourceInternational Forestry Review
dc.subjectKeywords: contract farming; environmental impact; land tenure; plantation; policy development; smallholder; social impact; tenure system; tree planting; woody plant; Thailand; Eucalyptus globulus contract farming; eucalypts; outgrower scheme; smallholder tree growing; Thailand
dc.titleThe drivers of contract eucalypt farming in Thailand
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume14
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor070599 - Forestry Sciences not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5202662xPUB55
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBoulay, Axelle, Inter-American Developement Bank
local.contributor.affiliationTacconi, Luca, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage12
local.identifier.doi10.1505/146554812799973190
local.identifier.absseo960906 - Forest and Woodlands Land Management
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:35:23Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84859057496
local.identifier.thomsonID000296393400006
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