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.
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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.”
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.
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.