Laos

 

FAO’s support for capacity building in the areas of IPM and FFS began in the Lao PDR in 1996. Initial efforts focused on rice, due to its centrality in the country’s agricultural makeup. Substantial IPM training work in vegetables started in 2000 and more recently in other crops, including fruits and cassava.

Until 2008, primary funding for the program came from Dutch, Australian and Norwegian multi-lateral aid through regional FAO programs in both Community (Rice) and Vegetable IPM. Various local and international NGOs have also supported the development of IPM-FFS programmes in Lao PDR (e.g. SEARICE/BUCAP for capacity building on participatory plant breeding, CIDSE for curriculum reform at agricultural colleges and OXFAM-Belgium with support for promotion of Good Agricultural Practices in vegetable production.

Currently, the National IPM Programme is implemented under guidance of the Plant Protection Centre (PPC), Department of Agriculture (DOA) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). The National IPM Programme aims to promote adoption of Integrated Pest Management practices among small-holder farmers and reduce health and environmental risk associated with indiscriminate use of pesticides through policy reform and capacity building for the sustainable management of agricultural chemicals.

FAO continues to support the National IPM Programme within the scope of a longer-term Regional Programme aimed at strengthening management of agricultural chemicals in the Greater Mekong Subregion. This Programme, in its current 2nd phase (September 2013-June 2018) is funded by the Swedish Government. Activities include training of trainers and farmer training on IPM and pesticide risk reduction. To date (September 2014), more than 4,900 farmers (including 1,611 women) in 149 villages of nine provinces (Vientiane Capital, Borkeo, Louang Prabang, Louang Namtha, Oudomxay, Phongsaly, Sayabouly, Xiengkhouang and Vientiane Province) participated in training and formulation of community action plans on pesticide risk reduction for implementing in their own communities.

FAO also continues to support the National IPM Programme with the implementation of Bactrocera Fruit Fly IPM training (project GCP/RAS/268/AIT) and Capacity Building for Spread Prevention and Management of the invasive Cassava Pink Mealybug (project TCP/RAS/3311).

 

For more information about IPM in Lao

Laos IPM - Brochure

For more information about Lao PDR

 

Contact People:  

Government :

Name: Mr Phoukaothong Sikaisone
Title: Head of IPM Unit of the Plant Protection Centre /Lao National IPM/Pesticide Risk Reduction Coordinator
Plant Protection Centre
Department of Agriculture 
MAF. Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel/Fax: +85621 812164, 812090
Mobile: +85620 22202699

Email: sphoukaothong@yahoo.com

 

 

FAO :

Name: Mr Stephen Rudgard 
Title: FAO Representative
Tel.: (856-21) 414503/413205
Fax: (856-21) 414500
E-mail: FAO-LA@fao.org

 

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