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Smallholder Agricultural Market Development in the Uplands of Lao PDR

Postharvest Management Sector Icon Policy Sector Icon Market and Trade Sector Icon
January 6, 2009
August 30, 2012
USD 3,818,420
Ms. Chum Chanputheavy
Project / Program Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +855 (12) 784-122

Project Information

About 1.8 million of the 6.4 million people in Lao PDR live in poverty. A large number of them are upland farmers, who belong to ethnic groups and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. The agriculture sector is undergoing a period of unprecedented transformation from semi-subsistence farming to commercialized farming. However, the private sector’s investment in production and processing of agricultural products is still limited. The lagging market creates underdeveloped value chains beyond the farm level, and the Lao economy is hampered. The SADU project sought to reverse this trend by fostering the smallholder farmers’ integration with the market.

The overall development goal of the project was to improve the livelihoods of marginalized smallholder farmers in the Northern Uplands of Lao PDR, through strengthening market chain efficiency. In order to achieve this objective, the project worked through three interlinked components:

  1. Integration of smallholders into markets
  2. Fostering a policy environment that is more conducive to integration of smallholders into markets
  3. Scaling out of poverty impacts by working with project partners, who are engaged with the market.

Project Locations

Luang Prabang, Xiengkhouang

Project Sectors

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