In October 2008, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved the government of Cambodia’s request for assistance in responding to the crisis in food prices, deemed to escalate with the looming decline in food production due to the increasing prices of fertilizers and gasoline that could drive transport, irrigation, and other agricultural production costs higher.
During project preparation, an unprecedented inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in cross-border contract farming and large land concessions marked the agriculture and natural resources (ANR) sector of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). Investors included businesses from the People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Korea, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
In 2009, the government of Uzbekistan launched the flagship Rural Housing Scheme that channeled rural savings into housing investments and utilized local contractors and construction materials to generate jobs and stimulate the construction industry. Under the scheme, 847 houses were built in 2009 and 6,800 houses in 2010.
Many of the poor households in the provinces surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake would migrate seasonally to the lake and upland forests to meet their food shortfalls and supplement their livelihood in the villages.