The Lao People's Democratic Republic has formulated its development strategy for the period 2011-2015 in the seventh National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) an

Rural development remains central to the Government's  development and poverty  eradication efforts.  The orientation of the country's new rural strategy, for the period through 2020, includes a strong focus on modernizing agricultural production and creating value-added food and agricultural products.  The strategy aims to reduce rural proverty, maintain food security and apply science-based management to natural resources.

Development of the agricultural and natural resources sector is aligned with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to support regional programmes, especially those of the Greater Mekong subregion and the Economic Community of the Association of Southease Asian Nations.

IFAD began operations in the Lao's People's Democratic Republic in 1980. Since then, it has provided a total of US$117.40 million in loans and grants for 13 programmes and projects.  IFAD supports the Goverment of Lao People's Democratic Republic in implementing the seventh NSEDP and the national Growth and Poverty Eradication Strategy, and achieving the MDGs.

In accordance with the consensus that emerged from the in-country consultation process, IFAD's strategy is to ensure that poor rural people here have increased opportunities for sustainable food and nutrition security and livelihoods.  Together with government agencies and development partners, IFAD has identified areas in which it has a comparatie advantage and complements other donor's activities.

Specifically, the IFAD Country Strategic Opportunities programme has three main objectives, focused on improving:

  • Communicty-based access to and management of land and natural resources
  • Access to advisory services and inputs for sustainable, adaptive and integrated farming systems
  • Access to markets for selected products.

The following cross-cutting issues are common to all three strategic objectives:

  • Capacity-building of government, beneficiaries and service providers
  • Engagement with ethnic groups
  • Engagement with women as key partners in all production and marketing systems
  • Strategic infrastructure related to farming systems (e.g. small-scale village irrigation) or markets (e.g. farm-to-market roads)
  • Formation of farmer and producer common-interest groups
  • Resilience to climate-related risks and enchanced capapcity to adapt to climate change

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Click here to read the Laos country factsheet, Enabling poor rural people to overcome poverty in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

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