Cooperation between Lao farmers needed to meet market demands for food

Lao farmer Chanh Tuln holding precious rice seeds. Part of the image collection of the International Rice Research Institute.

Lao farmer Chanh Tuln holding precious rice seeds. Part of the image collection of the International Rice Research Institute.

A recent report by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) urges farmers in Lao People’s Democratic Republic to form cooperatives to help meet market demands as the country transitions from practicing subsistence to commercial agriculture.

“Farmers’ cooperatives are the missing link to enable family-based farming enterprises, which are active but not well organized, to respond to increasing market demand for quality products,” said Jean-Christophe Castella, a scientist with CIFOR and France’s Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and lead author of Managing the transition from farmers’ groups to agricultural cooperatives in Lao PDR.

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