Seminars & Events

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch)

Agro-based industrialisation in Southeast Asia: current status, lessons and perspectives

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch) is a lunchtime workshop open to public, including IDE staffs, visiting research fellows, IDEAS students, outside researchers and graduate students. This workshop provides a platform for presentation of any work in progress where we can discuss in either English or Japanese.

Those who would attend a seminar are asked to announce yourself to receptionists on your arrival at the IDE and to obtain APL Organizers' signature on your admission card after the seminar.


January 24, 2020. (Friday) 13:30-15:00


Agro-based industrialisation in Southeast Asia: current status, lessons and perspectives


It is widely acknowledged that the Southeast Asian countries have been successfully achieved a certain level of industrialisation and maintain their status as one of the top producers and exporters of agro-based products such as palm oil, natural rubber, coffee and other agricultural items. Our research defines that “agro-based industries” cover a wide range of activities from cultivation and process to marketing and reuse of agricultural products. We focus on the performance, development mechanism, lessons and perspectives of the industries, aiming to derive and establish the “Agro-based development model” in the context of development economics.

The agro-based industries in Southeast Asia demonstrate a remarkable performance of their industrial development. They started simply from raw material exporters but gradually upgraded themselves as large scale manufacturers of higher value-added agro-based products, making themselves as international leaders of agro-based global value chains. However, the performance of upgrading differs from country to country and also from industry to industry. Based on these facts, we examine the following questions; what caused such a difference of the performance? Did the successful development of manufacturing industrialisation contribute, directly or indirectly, to the agro-based industrialisation in the Southeast Asian region? What is the driving force of cross-border dynamism of agro-based global value chains? Our findings and examinations are based on our four year fieldwork in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia from 2016 to 2019.


Hiroshi Oikawa(Kansai University), Motoko Kawano(GRIPS), Shozo Sakata(BRC), Yuri Sato(IDE)




Institute of Developing Economies, APL Organizers
E-mail: APLE-mail