THE SECOND ANNUAL STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING, on 1 February 2021, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

On 1 February 2021, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) and collaborate with NARDT for hosting the Second Annual Steering Committee Meeting in Vientiane Capital.

Designing Questionnaires using Kobo ToolBox for Data Collection Training

From 26 to 27 December 2020, NARDT-Laos organized a country-level training course on Kobo Toolbox for data collection and designing questions in Kobo Toolbox. The training was held in Vangvieng district, Vientiane province, Lao PDR.

Building an Evidence Base for Policy Formulation in the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector in Lao PDR

Senior officials in the Lao government and concerned organizations and business enterprises are increasingly interested in policy formulation based on science and evidence-based research. Technical assistance and funding for policy research is increasingly linked to hard scientific evidence and demonstrated success in the belief that better policies will be formulated, and existing policy implementation gaps will be addressed. Decision-makers continue to seek solutions to persistent challenges to sustainable agricultural development that form the research agenda for the Policy Think Tank. These are: Agricultural technology issues, Farmer organization issues,  Livestock technology and fishery issues,  Agro-economic issues, Agrobiodiversity issues, Agricultural land issues, Forest management issues, and Nutrition agriculture sensitivity

Leveraging Geo-Economic Proximity and Agricultural Commercialisation

The purpose of this research brief is to synthesize the f ndings of ten policy research studies conducted by NAFRI’s Policy Think Tank (PTT) research team between 2016 and 2020, and complementary research studies. The research was related to commercialisation of agricultural products in Lao PDR.

Unlocking the full potential of Lao PDR’s tea sector

Tea plants are native to East Asia and evidence of tea consumption in China goes back to the 2nd century BC. In Laos, tea was presumably cultivated and traded as early as the 7th century (Earth Systems, 2016). Forest tea, which includes both ancient and wild tea1, has been grown in Northern Laos for centuries (Marseille, 1990). In the 1920s, the French brought tea from Vietnam to cultivate on the Bolaven plateau and recognized the quality of wild forest teas from Xieng Khouang (Pedersen et al., 2016).

Network for Agriculture and Rural Development Think-tanks in Lao PDR

The Network for Agriculture and Rural Development Think-tanks in Lao PDR (NARDT-Laos) was launched on 13 November 2019 in Vientiane

NARDT-Laos launching workshop (13 November 2019)

The Network for Agriculture and Rural Development Think-tanks in Mekong Sub-region was launched in the Lao PDR by the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) in Vientiane on 13 November 2019