Partnership Increases Productivity and Profits in the Lao PDR
Public–private–community partnership was the strategy adopted by the Sustainable Natural Resource Management and Productivity Enhancement Project to encourage grassroots to set up farmer production groups in the Lao PDR.
This issue presents how the public-private-community partnership adopted by the Sustainable Natural Resource Management and Productivity Enhancement Project helps increase productivity and profits of farmers in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The overall goals of the partnership were to reduce poverty and contribute to economic development.
- The natural resources of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), already strained by a weak agriculture and natural resource management framework, faced added pressure from the rise in foreign agriculture investments and unsustainable farming practices.
- The Government of the Lao PDR, private sector, and local communities partnered together—with assistance from the Asian Development Bank and the International Fund for Agriculture Development—to protect the country’s natural resources, increase farmer incomes, and enhance agricultural productivity.
- The success of these public–private–community partnerships, as initially implemented in 5 pilot sites, has spawned 71 more subprojects, now benefiting 230,000 households in 1,895 villages in 42 districts in the Lao PDR.