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Contract farming in Laos: Responding to a rising agricultural trend

This discussion note explores common practices of contract farming (CF) in Laos, which have rapidly expanded for export crops across many provinces since the early 2000s. The analysis highlights benefits and challenges of CF from the perspectives of farmers, investors and government agencies, to support sub-legislation aimed at reducing risks and improving the outcomes for farmers and investors. Recent studies consistently highlight the need for greater clarity over roles and responsibilities, rights and obligations in the management of CF, and a suitable grievance mechanism to resolve disputes between contract parties equitably.

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Field Value
Document type Analysis, discussion papers, and blogs
Language of document
  • English
  • Lao
  • Agriculture
  • Contract farming
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Yes
Version / Edition series#8
License Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO)

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Author (individual) Dr Robert Cole
Co-author (individual) Dr Robert Cole, Sengthong Soukhathammavong
Publication place Laos
Publisher MRLG and IPD
Publication date 2021
Pagination 8
Legacy reference document contract_farming_in _Laos_02.11.2021.pdf.
Keywords crops
Date uploaded November 2, 2021, 09:43 (UTC)
Date modified November 3, 2021, 09:53 (UTC)