Publication: 2016

Green Earth Center Report


The work of rural development is a high priority for the government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic – part of their aim to decrease poverty and escape the status of a developing nation. This task involves improving the livelihoods of people in rural communities through developing their capacity, improving local governance, and supporting the local economies. There have many challenges in this process, calling for significant effort, time, and resources. The people living in remote regions have limited access to learning the modern skills and concepts that could be improving their lives, and rely instead on older techniques and practices that might be inefficient and less productive. The Salavan province is one of the most remote and poor provinces in Lao. A majority of the farming families in the rural areas are both poor and under-nourished.

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Phonsavanh Tai village, Sisattanak district, Vientiane capital, Lao PDR.