The Bolovens Plateau Coffee Producers Association in Lao PDR
This report presents the innovative and successful experience of the Bolovens Plateau Coffee Producers’ Groups Association (AGPC- Association des Groupements de Producteurs de Café du Plateau des Bolovens) in the production of organic certified coffee.
The systematization of this experience has been possible thanks to the cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Planning and Investment of Lao’s People Democratic Republic, the Sustainable Natural Resource Management Productivity Enhancement Project (SNRMPEP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the PROCASUR Corporation, that provided technical and methodological support in the process of documentation of the experience.
The systematization process had place between March 26 and 30 2012 in Champasak province, Laos PDR; it involved the Bolovens Plateau Coffee Producers’ Groups Association and 14 staff from SNRMPEP. Activities have been carried out using PROCASUR know how on South to South Cooperation through exchange of best practices and innovations, as part of a regional IFAD financed Learning Route Programme for Asia and the Pacific. Moreover, the IFAD-funded Rural Livelihood Improvement Project (RLIP) in the Attapeu province took active part in the complete learning cycle.