Economics Analysis in Rice Production Providing Environmental Services in Central Region of Cambodia
Socheat Keo, Malyne Neang
Royal University of Agriculture, Faculty of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Cambodia
Payment for environmental services is a programme providing payment to people who join to preserve the environment or keep the environment clean. These payments will contribute to decrease poverty and involve both consumers and suppliers to promote a clean environment through direct and indirect payments funded by environmental service users. This study compares the cost-margin and efficiency of using inputs between rice production providing environmental services and rice production not providing environmental services. It has two specific objectives: (1) define rice production in the study area; (2) analyse the cost-margin and efficiency of using inputs to each type of rice production. Three villages in the central region of Cambodia were selected. To get both qualitative and quantitative data, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 6 key farmers, group discussions were held with farmers and other stakeholders involved in the rice sector, and 86 farm households were selected for an interview based on a quantitative questionnaire.
Keywords: Cambodia, economics efficiency, environmental services, rice production
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