The Research Cooperation for Livestock Based Sustainable Farming Systems in the Lower Mekong Basin (MEKARN)
Krister Eduards , Anne-Helene Tauson , Minh Ha Hoang Fagerström
Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam are cooperating within animal production research in a regional network, the Research Cooperation for Livestock Based Sustainable Farming Systems in the Lower Mekong Basin (MEKARN). MEKARN development objectives are to contribute to poverty alleviation, and to improve the livelihood of poor farmers. In order to meet its development objectives, MEKARN has programme objectives in terms of capacity building and research. Evaluation findings are that the effectiveness of the programme in terms of capacity building, i.e. mobilising a critical mass of researchers and enhancing the capacity of junior researchers through short courses, and through MSc and PhD training, is high.