Landlocked and mountainous Lao People's Democratic Republic is slowly opening to the world. Agriculture is the main activity for most of its population and a key sector to develop in order to reduce the significant rural poverty. Apart from some rice irrigated schemes along the Mekong river, rainfed farming is predominant and harvests are regularly affected by drought. Crop diversification, in particular with legume crops, access to improved seeds and better management of natural resources are some of the ways to develop Lao family farming.
1 out of 4 - Children are underweight in Laos
10% - Share of agricultural land in Laos
8 out of 10 – People in Laos who live off smallholder agriculture