Increased productivity and reduced risk in pig production and market chains

Published on 24 May 2011

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Start Date: 1 September 2010 | End Date: 30 August 2014


Pig raising continues to be an important livelihood activity in northern Laos based on traditional methods that are influenced increasingly by social and market pressures. This new project aims to enhance pig production, manage the impact of pig diseases, reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases, and overcome disease constraints on market access. The project responds specifically to:

  • The importance of livestock in the Lao economy and to the livelihoods of village households, with   specific poverty, gender, and ethnicity implications.
  • The limitations of the current village-based systems in terms of feeding regimes and reproductive management for locally bred pigs.
  • The potential for village pig production to become a better financial contributor to community well-being.
  • Increasing pressure to confine pigs for hygiene, forage delivery, and other management reasons.
  • The constant threat of disease incursions, especially classical swine fever (CSF).
  • The risk of zoonotic diseases for animals and humans.

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