The purpose of the Project is to promote sustainable commercial smallholder agriculture and associated associated agribusiness in the Lao PDR, with the goal of achieving sustained increases in rural incomes and long-term reductions in rural poverty. The purpose will be achieved by (i) increasing production and marketing of diversified, nonrice dry seosan cash crops, livestock, and fisheries; (ii) improving smallholder access to domestic and international markets and to market information; and (iii) increasing investment in value-adding agribusiness.
To achieve these objectives, the Project has four components: (i) farmer support services to improve farmers' technical knowledge of integrated farming systems, and access to market information and inputs; (ii) agribusiness and marketing to stimulate investment in agribusinesses; (iii) rural infrastructure to improve physical access to produce markets and reduce marketing costs; and (iv) project management.
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