Making trade work for small producers in Southeast Asia’s least developed countries

EQ Foundation is currently working on Export Capacity Support for Small exporters from Asia-Pacific least developed countries in specialty agro-food value chains. The program is targeted to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in: Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos in the specialty food sector.

This project supports more than 120 small exporters from low-income Southeast Asian countries selling in niche markets, such as spices and organic products. The aim is to help them overcome entry barriers for their high-value goods by providing market research, business training, and advice. The project will examine the supply of these products as well as specific market entry strategies for each country to Canada. Canada’s Trade Facilitation Office (TFO) will plan a strategy to match export-ready producers in least developed countries with potential buyers in Canada. 

The project is realized for IDRC by TFO Canada with a strong partnership with the Mekong Institute.


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