This initial scoping report focuses on the three central Mekong Delta provinces of Dong Thap, Can Tho and An Giang. It examines options for more in-depth research and field work. It is based on a review of secondary sources, including a commissioned overview report prepared by the Mekong Delta Development Research Institute at the University of Can Tho. It is also informed by a number of stakeholder interviews and a two day visit to the DANIDA Global Competitiveness Facility project sites in Can Tho and An Giang provinces in July 2013.
The report has four sections providing information on: 1) the Mekong Delta region and its economy; 2) agriculture in the Mekong Delta, focusing particularly on rice and pangasius, as well as some information on fruit cultivation; 3) Existing donor engagement with business in agriculture in the Mekong Delta; 4) discussion of future research directions.