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Laos prime minister concerned over banana plantations

Source: Reuters, May15,2017
The prime minister of Laos has voiced concern over widespread chemical usage on banana plantations after a Reuters report on Chinese-run farms in the Southeast Asian country.

Laos' Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith delivers a speech  in Hanoi, Vietnam 26 October 2016.  REUTERS/Luong Thai Linh/Pool

Laos’ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith delivers a speech in Hanoi, Vietnam 26 October 2016. REUTERS/Luong Thai Linh/Pool

Chinese company to build modern agricultural industrial park in Laos

Source: Xinhua, 26/4/2017
VIENTIANE, April 26 (Xinhua) — Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s Xuanye (Lao) Co., Ltd/AVIC International Beijing Co., Ltd on a modern agricultural industrial park project in Laos.
The agricultural industrial park will serve as a supporting project to the under-construction China-Laos railway, building a regional center of agricultural products trading, warehousing and logistics hub platform.
Speaking at the signing ceremony on Tuesday, Lao Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Lien Thikeo said since the launching of the Chinese-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, many Chinese enterprises have come to invest in Laos with constructive proposals, providing new impetus and direction of development to Laos to turn the country from a land-locked to a land-linked country.
The ministry is expected to cooperate with Xuanye to build a demonstration of modern agricultural industrial park in Laos, with the construction of the China-Laos railway to deepen bilateral trade cooperation and accelerate the transformation of Lao agricultural sector.
Previously, local government of Lao central Savannakhet province signed an agreement with Xuanye on a 2,000-hectare plantation demonstration.
After over two years, the demonstrative plantation zone is helping export Lao rice to China, and through the implementation of Chinese standards and technology, the farmers are changing the habit of slash-and-burn cultivation with low yield while maintaining the “green and organic” characteristics of Lao rice.
Chairman of Xuanye (Lao) Co., Ltd Xu Guowu said that the Belt and Road Initiative has refreshed the China-Laos cooperation with a new international cooperation platform, helping many developing and under-developed countries to enter the “fast lane” of development.
Both sides will conduct research later mainly on China’s agricultural technology and its market demand for Laos’ organic eco-agricultural products, technology innovation cooperation in Laos.

Food security project results in improved local livelihoods

Vientiane Times, 9 Jan 2015

A five-year food security development project which recently ended has built up sustainable ways of making a living for local people in the Nhot-ou district of northern Phongsaly province, officials in charge of the project have concluded. Around 10,000 people in 39 villages have benefited directly from the 1.5 million euro project, which introduced activities to help local people make a living in sustainable ways. Linking Agriculture, Natural Resources Management and Nutrition (LANN), community-based trainings had been organised, according to a press release from the project. The LANN trainings combined with health and sanitation awareness raising campaigns to fight against preventable diseases, latrine construction and interventions in nutrition-sensitive agriculture such as home gardens, fruit trees and fish farming have enabled communities, women in particular, to improve their food security and nutrition strategies.

INGOs important contributors to development

Vientiane Times, 29 Oct 2014

International non-governmental organisations (INGOs) have been recognised as important development partners contributing to national socio-economic advancement over numerous years according to a government report. The message of recognition was echoed by a high-level government official when reviewing the cooperation between the Lao government and INGOs over the past five years. More than 170 INGOs from 21 countries are working in Laos, and 78 of the organisations have their representative or project offices in the country.
According to the report disseminated at the second national review meeting on the cooperation held yesterday in Vientiane, more than US$340 million in resources have been mobilised by the organisations for development in Laos over the past five years.

Land issues under scrutiny at working group meeting

Vientiane Times, 1 Oct 2013

Satisfactory land allocation and consistency between land policy and development practice would facilitate agricultural development and advance poverty reduction, according to experts.

The comment was made at a meeting of the Sector Working Group on Agriculture and Rural Development held in Vientiane yesterday.

“Policy making and development practice should be coordinated so that they facilitate development and help with poverty eradication,” Lao Biodiversity Association President Houmphanh Rattanavong said.

Deputy PM visits Champassak agricultural project

Vientiane Times, 7 August,  2013

Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad visited Champassak province recently to encourage local people to boost their productivity and grow crops for commercial sale and export. The Deputy PM was welcomed by Champassak Provincial Governor Sonexay Siphandone and other officials before visiting a number of agricultural production projects in the region.

The FAO State of Food and Agriculture 2012

LIWG, Dec 11, 2012

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has published its annual State of Food and Agriculture report which can be downloaded here. The report advocates a new investment strategy that puts farmers at the centre, including helping smallholders access credit, supporting producer associations, investing in agricultural research and development, rural infrastructure and ensuring that large-scale investments in agriculture are transparent, accountable, socially beneficial and environmentally sustainable.

Laos backs Vietnam’s bid for top investor ranking

Vientiane Times, February 13, 2012

Vietnam’s investment in Laos is on track to keep the country atop the list of foreign countries doing business in Laos, which Laos fully supports. Laos will continue to support Vietnam’s bid to maintain this ranking over the next 3 to 5 years, it was revealed at a meeting held in Champassak province on Friday.

NAFRI publishes a series of Policy Briefs on agriculture and NR management

NAFRI, January 27, 2012

NAFRI provides a new series of Policy Briefs based on their experiences in the field. The idea is to provide short, informative analysis on some of the most pressing issues related to agriculture and natural resource management that the Lao PDR faces. The Policy Brief series provides readers with concrete options and solutions for dealing with identified issues. The Policy Brief series is available in Lao and English languages on the NAFRI website.

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