Innovation lab

Innovation model: Farmers’ network model in Lao PDR

Regional research “Agricultural innovations review in Sub-Mekong region countries” in the framework of the project “Network for Agriculture and Rural Development Think-tanks for Countries in Mekong sub-region” – November 2022 - April 2023.

Lao Farmer Network (LFN) was established on 20 February 2020 in Lao PDR. There are 164 members, 42,685 people, 20,090 women, covering 16 provinces that include agricultural production groups, agricultural cooperatives, and agricultural producers' associations, the network has been active in the strengthening of farmers' organizations, agricultural business development, learning from farmers to farmers and policy contributions.

LFN helps the network members to create a production network according to the type of product. Under LFN, there are sub-network including Vegetable Farmers Network, Rice Farmer Network, Industrial Crops Network, NTFP Farmers Network, Coffee Farmers Network, Tea Farmers Network, and Livestock Farmer Network. LFN also supports sub-network to improve group management, better financial management, and update the group database. LFN helps members promote their products through seminars, websites, YouTube, Facebook, and the like.

LFN supports the network to improve farming techniques through experimental research by the farmers themselves, group learning, and disseminating information.

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