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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.

Organic farming to increase Savannakhet farmers’ incomes

Vientiane Times, 24 July,  2013

The Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Productivity Enhancement Project is encouraging farmers in southern provinces to grow organic vegetables for commercial sale to boost their household incomes. However, some farmers still have a lack of education to manage pests, insects and techniques to treat their vegetables and other crops if pests become a problem.

JVC helps farmers in Laos raise rice yields

JVC works for community development, peace exchange and emergency relief.

Japan Times, December 21, 2011

Decades after gaining independence, Laos still needs outside support for its agriculture sector, the country’s major industry. The Southeast Asian country, which was mostly covered in dense tropical forests until the 1960s, has been suffering from food shortages and deforestation. The nongovernmental organization Japan International Volunteer Center, or JVC, which is engaged in humanitarian aid in nine developing countries including Laos, Afghanistan and Sudan, has been providing aid to improve the lives of Laotians since 1989. The NGO, a regular recipient of The Japan Times Readers’ Fund, this year received ¥184,191 from the fund to train Laotians in agriculture, and the newspaper is currently soliciting donations from readers to support similar activities by the group.

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