Martin Obschonka, Michael Fritsch and Michael Stuetzer
Edited by Harvey S. James, Jr.
Racing for Development Hegemony?
Edited by Andrew Stewart, Rosemary Owens, Niall O'Higgins and Anne Hewitt
A Progressive Agenda for the Twenty-First Century
Southeast Asia as a Fruit Supplier to China
Edited by Bill Pritchard
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.