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The general objective of this project is to support eco-friendly and climate-resilient agriculture intensification through participatory development and extension of conservation agriculture farming systems in Lao PDR.
Total Cost (EUR): 2 234 030.56
EU contracted amount (EUR): 1 587 254
Duration: March 2014 - March 2018
Implementing organisation: Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC
Funding Instrument: DCI - Environment and sustainable management of natural resources including energy
Benefitting zone: Laos
"In 2015, seven households in Hadtsam village volunteered to test and assess forage technology, improved pasture establishment and management. They found that the proposed forage species grow well and were easy to establish. Their findings were presented to the whole community during a village meeting, which convinced them to further expand improved pasture areas this year."
Mr. Phonexay Vunnadeth, Head of Pakseng DAFO, Pakseng district, Luang Prabang Province
An agrarian transition in northern Laos characterized by: - Rapid changes in farming systems in line with an increased access to markets and an increased vulnerability of village communities to climatic and economic fluctuations. - Significant impacts on natural resources (e.g. reduced forest cover, land degradation, biodiversity losses) and on village communities (e.g. overall poverty reduction but increased inequality and indebtedness). - Low adoption of agro-ecological innovations promoted by research and extension institutions (e.g. organic farming, conservation agriculture, agroforestry).
Benefits from improved goat raising system
"The agriculture in our village changed dramatically recently with the introduction of hybrid maize that was promoted by the local trader who promised a good price, credit for opening new road to easily reach the production areas and provided seeds. But after 3 years we started facing problems with soil fertility, drop in maize price but increase in price of chemical input that made the crop not profitable anymore. Now we are indebted and searching new opportunities for income generation. The EFICAS project then came and supported us to develop goat raising activities through the fencing of livestock areas, the use of forage technology and a fund for animal vaccination. We are really happy to have this opportunity to exit from maize production."