By Jason Thomas30 August 2019
While the Lao PDR government recently called for increased investment in agriculture to boost its export market, there are several issues that have to be tackled before foreign investors come knocking. Speaking to local media earlier this week, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr Bounkhuang Khambounheuang, said Cuba and Indonesia expressed interest in importing 100,000 and one… Read more
24 July 2019
 Low rainfall and high temperatures are destroying the crops of Lao farmers across the country, local daily Vientiane Times on Wednesday reported. Analysts say the lowest seasonal rainfall in decades will not only have a severe impact on farmers' livelihoods, but will also affect food security. Lao Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bounkhuang Khambounheuang on Tuesday told local… Read more
15 May 2019
A recent survey of markets in Laos found that the demand for bushmeat in urban areas was likely more than wildlife populations could bear. The enforcement of Laos’s laws controlling the wildlife trade appeared to do little to keep vendors from selling bushmeat, but fines did appear to potentially keep consumers from buying bushmeat. The researchers also found that consumers could be… Read more
9 May 2019
VIENTIANE – Two new projects, totaling US$52 million, will jointly address high levels of stunting in northern provinces of Lao PDR. The Reducing Rural Poverty and Malnutrition Project will lay the foundations of a national social protection system and support the delivery of a conditional cash transfer program for improved nutrition. The Scaling-Up Water Supply, Sanitation… Read more
7 March 2018
The agriculture, forestry and rural development of Laos will strive to expand at a sustainable level of 2.8 percent in 2018, accounting for 15.73 percent of GDP, state-run daily Vientiane Times reported on Wednesday. To attain this target, the Lao government, especially the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, will continue to implement projects of national priority such as commercial… Read more
13 November 2017
During his ongoing trip to Laos, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on both sides to build "a community of shared future with strategic significance" in a signed article published in the Laos media on Monday. Laos is also eager to enhance its economic links with China and cater for increasing consumer demand in the world's second-largest economy. Rice is a major part of the story, with China… Read more
11 July 2017
Laos is committed to reducing food insecurity and malnutrition to levels that would be considered insignificant by 2025 and to eliminate both by 2030 in line with the National Nutrition Strategy, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr Lien Thikeo has said. The government has prioritised multi-sectoral convergent approaches to do this and the work is being carried forward by two multi-sectoral… Read more