Project final report

Embedding knowledge and exploring future research opportunities in sloping land agricultural systems in northern Laos and northwest Vietnam - Final Report

Date released
20 July 2023
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Prepared by Dr Oleg Nicetic and Prof Michael Bell

Contributions by Dr Dang Thi Thanh Thuy, Dr Ngo Duc Minh, Mr Thisadee Chounlamountry, Dr Tran Minh Tien, Dr Luu Ngoc Quyen, Dr Nivong Sipaseuth, Dr Phouthone Thammavong


This project aimed to create a Theory of Change for sustainable, climate-resilient sloping land agricultural systems in northern Laos, involving stakeholders from agriculture chains, research, extension, and development in Laos and Vietnam.

The project aimed to improve underdeveloped maize monocropping production and trade systems in northern Laos by utilizing Vietnamese researchers, extension staff, and private sector actors in Son La province.

Consultations were undertaken with stakeholders in Yen Chau, Moc Chau and Van Ho districts in Son La province, Vietnam and in Sop Bao, Xiengkho and Et in Houaphanh province, Lao PDR. These were followed by stakeholder workshops in Son La and Houaphanh provinces, where it became clear that the future development needs in the two study locations were very different. In Son La province the development focus has been on fruit production in all districts, with Moc Chau and Van Ho districts also developing vegetable production. In Houaphanh province, commercial production has been focused on maize, and to a much lesser extent on cattle, with rice and horticultural crops for subsistence.

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