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Champassak moves towards ‘land as equity’ project model

Vientiane Times, 14 Jan 2015

Champassak provincial authorities will move to promote investment projects that allow entrepreneurs and villagers to jointly hold shares in the ventures concerned, aiming to promote fairer projects that benefit villagers as well as investors. Importantly, the ‘land-as-equity’ model will see local villagers retain the land ownership rights in the event that the venture falls over.Under this form of the project, local villagers will use their land plots as shares while the investors will provide the funding, technical expertise and marketing.

Environmental Group Urges Laos to Support Complaint Mechanism

RFA, 31 Dec 2014

An environmental advocacy group has called on the government of Laos to ensure that a Vietnamese state-owned rubber group operating in the country is adhering to the law and upholding the rights of villagers affected by its plantations. Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), which is majority owned by the Vietnamese government, agreed in July to set up a system through which it resolves issues raised in citizen’s complaints and inquiries concerning two of its plantations in Champasak and Savannakhet provinces within 30 days.

Government increases the number of rice bowls to 10

KPL, 3 October 2014

The government has added eight more provinces to its list of main rice bowls in the country increasing rice farmland to 800,000 ha from previously 600,000 ha. With the addition of eight provinces to the list of main rice bowls by the government, there are 10 provinces across the country where rice farming is a priority. These include Khammuan, Savannakhet , Saravan, Champassak, Borikhamxay, Vientiane, Vientiane Capital, Bokeo, Xayaboury and Luang Namtha.

Foreign companies search for bauxite in southern Laos

Vientiane Times, 24 July 2014

Companies from China, Japan, Vietnam and Laos are in the process of conducting potential studies for bauxite exploration in the Bolaven plateau of southern Laos triggered by the high potential for the mineral in the region. The companies aim to identify the exact amount of bauxite in the plateau and whether the quality of the mining can meet their expectations before other investment processes can take place including feasibility studies and project development.

Champassak coffee exports soar

Vientiane Times, 17 July 2014

Coffee exports have increased in the first six months of this fiscal year, with the rise also set to drive up next year’s export figures, Champassak province reports. The province has exported more than 6,770 tonnes of coffee bean in the first six months of the 2013-14 fiscal year and the larger export figure will also be evident in the last six months, according to a report from the province last week.

Chinese agricultural firm looking to invest in Champassak

Vientiane Times, 7 December 2013,

A large Chinese investor is looking to secure a concession for 10,000 hectares of land on the Bolaven plateau in Champassak province for rice, small crops and cattle raising, according to provincial officials.

The Planning and Investment Department in Champassak province signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese company Beidahuang earlier this week, allowing it to commence a survey and study of the area.

“We will allow them to undertake a survey on 10,000 hectares of land in the province,” the Deputy Director of the department, Mr Bounthien Phiasakha, toldVientiane Times on Friday.

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.

Plantation workers yet to reap financial harvest

Vientiane Times, 2 Feb, 2013

Companies that have set up rubber plantations in Laos should improve the pay and conditions for workers, as many of the families working on these plantations are still earning very low incomes, a labour official has suggested. This situation runs contrary to the reason that concessions are granted, the justification being that they will provide gainful employment and improve the lives of local villagers.

Olam statement in response to granting of land rights in Laos

Olam International coffee plantation in Paksong, Champasack Province.

Olam International coffee plantation in Paksong, Champasack Province.

Olam International, Oct 3, 2012

This statement details the background and actions taken with regard to a dispute by local villagers, over the granting of land rights in the Paksong District, Laos, where Olam operates a coffee growing subsidiary, Outspan Bolovens. Olam is committed to growing our business responsibly, applying the highest international standards of best practice in surveying and assessing the social and environmental impact of cultivation of land under our stewardship. A survey of the land in question was conducted according to national laws and regulations and we commenced our development in the belief that there were no issues outstanding. However, in December 2011, an international NGO brought some issues concerning this plantation to our attention so we acted promptly to investigate.

Coffee colonialism in Laos

Entrance to the Olam coffee plantation area in Champasak Province

Entrance to the Olam coffee plantation area in Champasak Province

Asia Times Online, 19 June, 2012

VIENTIANE – It is an increasingly familiar tale in Laos: poor farmers are pushed off their ancestral lands by corrupt local officials to make way for capital-rich, foreign-invested plantation agriculture. But the tenacity of one small group of agrarians who are fighting back has revealed the abuse of power that attends many Lao land dealings, representing a landmark case in the country’s often opaque and obscure authoritarian politics.

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