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Nattapon Tantrakoonsab and Wannarat Tantrakoonsab

In the past five years, exports of Thai durian have been increasing consistently, dominating the Chinese market. In this study, key informant interviews and analyses of the secondary data revealed changes that affect durian exports, including increasing Chinese demand, the emergence of new durian planting areas, the expansion of the processed durian market, and transportation improvements in Mekong region countries. The empirical analysis also demonstrated that Chinese entrepreneurs have expanded their roles in the value chain to replace Thai entrepreneurs. Although farmers and packing plants may presently benefit from the increasing export volume of durian, concerns arise about the total value capture of the entirety of Thai stakeholders.

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Aungkana Kmonpetch and Waranya Jitpong

Longan is one of three largest tropical fruit export items in Thailand. Over the past decade, increased investment from China in packing houses in production areas has underpinned the tremendous growth of fresh longan exports to China. Reflecting on the trait of the Chinese market that puts less importance on credence attributes than on product attributes of fresh fruits, firms from outside the supply chain as well as incumbent downstream firms appear to have invested in packing houses. The rising number of packing houses, however, did not always translate to intensifying competition among them, which is represented by the stagnant farm gate price of longan. While it is evident that Chinese investment has boosted fresh longan exports to China, its ramifications on value capture of Thai stakeholders are uncertain.

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Claude Henry

Reducing greenhouse gases emissions is vital, reducing the stocks already in the atmosphere is a promising complement.

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Claude Henry

From low-key producer and trader of fossil fuels to world leader in offshore wind Farms, a march to sustainable energy.

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Claude Henry

Water apt at meeting human needs is getting scarce, and irrigation is by far the main consumer; hence the vital role of an approach allowing for spectacular water economies.

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Claude Henry

With sea levels rising, coastal protection is more necessary than ever; properly articulating natural and artificial components is an efficient approach.

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Geoffrey Heal

How to rein in meat consumption? Providing attractive vegetal substitutes is a key element of the answer.

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Pippo Ranci

The urgent need to drastically reduce traffic congestion and related pollution in the large cities of South East Asia is being met by multiple efforts for the diffusion of a variey of electric vehicles and new ways of organizing services.

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Dominique Bureau

Taming a major source of greenhouse gases by pumping dormant heat.