Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has been the donor for MEKARN programme. although at the individual country level, using the technologies developed under MEKARN funding, collaborating institutions are working with other donors to apply these technologies at their respective institutions and farming communities.
 
The program, managed by Nong Lam University in Vietnam, was initiated in 2001 with the first phase ending in December 2003, and the second phase in December 2007. In 2007, the achievements of the program were evaluated and endorsed by the Sida Evaluation Committee; and a phase from 2008 to 2011 was recommended and subsequently approved by Sida. From August 2014 to December 2017, MEKARN2 is managed by CelAgrid in Cambodia.