Developing improved farming and marketing systems in rainfed regions of southern Laos PDR

Published on 20 May 2011

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Start Date: 1 December 2009 | End Date: 30 November 2013


The lowland and upland farming systems of rainfed southern Laos have been identified as having elevated risk of hunger and rising rural poverty. Increasing the supply of food and generating income from these systems is constrained by low fertility soils, weed competition, six months of dry season without appropriate water management systems, unpredictable weather conditions (including droughts and floods), market risks, increasing cost of labor and high competition from the neighboring countries, Thailand and Vietnam. Combining the expertise of an international team of researchers from a wide range of institutions, this project aims to tackle these constraints through a highly integrated approach consisting of five components: rice, livestock, hydrology, social economy and knowledge sharing.

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