From 300 to 100,000 green farms: Trilateral Cooperation with Laos
By Pimpilas Nuntiphon Khoeiram, Patamasiri Hoonthong and Rojana Manowalailao
After almost five years of implementation, the project Strengthening National Good Agricultural Practice in Lao PDR has now came to an end. It was jointly developed under the framework of Lao-Thai-German Trilateral Cooperation program and ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems in order to introduce and develop a functioning national Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) system in line with ASEAN standards. The project was made possible by the Lao Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Thailand International Cooperation Agency and GIZ (Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit). Thanks to the cooperation, Laos expects an increase of GAP farms to 100,000 in 2020 from a current figure of 300 in 2016.
In a final meeting, representatives of all involved stakeholders have discussed a transition of gained knowledge and practices to ensure the sustainability. During the discussion, areas of change or improvement for the continuity activity were identified which then led to the development of strategies and proposal of activities in a roadmap for good agriculture practices in Lao PDR.
This roadmap involves the transformation of the 2015-2025 strategy of the Department of Agriculture to concrete action. This will help key players to determine guidelines for GAP implementation and to increase the number of farmers and areas receiving Lao GAP certification by three per cent. The draft roadmap, which is primarily set as a mid-term five-year plan (2016-2020), focuses on the following five main activities:
- Determination of Lao GAP certification areas
- Upgrading Lao GAP to national standards
- Upgrading Lao GAP to meet international standards
- Dissemination of Lao GAP knowledge
- Measures or policy to promote Lao GAP
These five aspects will guide the development of concrete activities to further the goal of successful implementation of Lao GAP which could lead to more sustainable food security in the future, not only in Laos or the ASEAN region, but also at a worldwide level.
“The Lao-Thai-German Trilateral Cooperation is considered important because its scope of work is in accordance with the Lao PDR’s strategic plan, particularly in relation to the establishment of a Lao GAP Certification Body in preparation for integration with the ASEAN Economic Community”, said Mrs Inthanongsith Kommamuang, Deputy Director General of the Department of Agriculture of Lao PDR.
The Thai-German Trilateral Cooperation is a joint partnership program initiated by Thailand and Germany to support development cooperation with the neighboring countries of Thailand, such as Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. With pooled resources of technical know-how, expertise and finances from such a close cooperation of like-minded partners, it is expected that added value and optimal results as well as effectiveness in aid delivery can be created.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Matthias Bickel, Project Director
ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems
M: + 66 81 938 8130