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Cattle producers blazing new trails

Skilled facilitation opens new pathways A particularly sensitive issue emerged around a livestock loan agreement initiated by a former high-ranking government official and a large Lao company. The company provides Brahman- Thai cross-bred cows to farmers who then pay back in-kind with calves. “Usually in three years we can give back to the company two calves and then the cow is ours,” said Somsavang, a member of the group’s Board and owner of ten cross-breed cows. “But they require a lot more care then our native Lao cattle and need special feeding. Also, the company was not collecting their calves when they said they would and we had to continue to feed and care for them.”

Pig farmers building bridges to success

Forging links, building bridges An element of the CDAIS approach is building bridges between people. Connecting smallholders with government services means CDAIS projects will continue long after the funding ends. Based on the group’s plan, CDAIS facilitated a training-and-study tour to NAFRI’s pig research centre in Vientiane in November 2017.

Seeds of an organic future

Dissemination Workshop on "Promoting the Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers through Agriculture Public-Private-Producer Partnerships"

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).

Invitation to join Regional Dissemination Workshop - ‘Non-tariff Measures on Agricultural trade between China and the Greater Mekong Sub-region Countries: A value chain analysis’ - 28th August 2020

Joint Policy Research Discussion on Public-Private-Agriculture Community Partnership between CDRI and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery of Cambodia.

Network for Agriculture and Rural Development Think-tanks in Myanmar

The Network for Agriculture and Rural Development Think-tanks in Myanmar (NARDT-Myanmar) was launched on 15 November 2019 in Yangon