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Rising costs, market access issues depriving farmers

Vientiane Times, 20 Oct 2014

The rising cost of agricultural inputs, natural disasters due to climate change and the lack of access to markets have posed great challenges for family and smallholder farmers in Laos as they strive to make a living, officials and experts have agreed. Speaking at a ceremony last week in Xieng Khuang province to mark the World Food Day 2014, representatives of the government and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) shared the common concerns about the challenges faced by farmers in Laos. High-level representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Xieng Khuang province and the FAO were present to celebrate the event, which this year was dedicated to the ‘Farming Family’, according to the a press release from the FAO.

Ministry prepares Lao biodiesel brand for Asean market

Vientiane Times, June 4, 2012

The Ministry of Energy and Mines’ Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion expects to have a Lao brand name biodiesel available soon and envisages exporting to the Asean market by 2025. “We feel sure that this is possible because we are making biodiesel from the fruits of both jatropha and oil palm,” the institute’s Director General, Mr Hatsady Sysoulath, said when addressing a seminar on renewable energy development last week.  “We will have our own standard biodiesel made of jatropha and this standard must be acknowledged in Asean,” Mr Hatsady said. “This will ensure we won’t face any problems when we start supplying the Asean market. This means we have to act in line with Asean regulations.”

UN Voluntary Guidelines for Land Tenure and Access Rights to Land, Fisheries and Forests

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has coordinated the preparation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Land Tenure and Access Rights to Land, Fisheries and Forests, approved by 96 countries on March 14, 2012.  The Guidelines’ purpose is to improve the governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests.

Corporate social responsibility vital for equitable development

Vientiane Times, March 13, 2012

As Laos looks to foreign direct investment in extractive industries such as mining and hydropower to achieve its 8 percent annual economic growth target, the issue of a socially responsible private sector is becoming increasingly important. This was the message delivered at the International Law Forum “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Laos” which took place in Vientiane yesterday to discuss the role of businesses and CRS in the development of Laos.

UN expert calls for guidelines to protect vulnerable people against land grabs

The Guardian, October 6, 2011

Olivier De Schutter, UN special rapporteur on the right to food, calls for consensus before talks this month on land governance, as commercial pressures mount. Governments should be wary of speculation and concentration of ownership when land rights are transferred to investors to “develop” farmland, a UN expert has warned before key UN negotiations on land governance. “We must escape the mental cage that sees large-scale investments as the only way to develop agriculture and to ensure stability of supply for buyers,” said the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter amid concern among civil society groups about land grabs.

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