Paper-Free Trade for Smallholder Farmers: A Pilot Study of a Coffee Association in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Publication | February 2015

Cloud-based software is used to facilitate paper-free trade in coffee exports to Europe by the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, saving time and money.

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The time and money savings obtained by the coffee producer organization in document handling demonstrate to governments and small businesses the wider benefits of online information transfer and provide impetus for streamlining the approval of cross-border trade documents.


  • Tables and Figure
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Background of the Study
  • The Pilot Study
  • Potential Role of the Agriculture Information Network System 
  • Lessons Learned from the Paper-Free Trade Pilot Study on Smallholder Coffee Producers in the Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Conclusions
  • Appendixes
  • References

Additional Details

  • Industry and trade
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • WPS146934-2

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