Asia

Laos

Region(s)

Bolaven Plateau; Paksong
District of Champasak Province,
Tadeng District of Sekong
Province, Laongam District of
Salavan Province

Implementor

Olam-Outspan, IDH

Project

Enhancing Sustainability of Coffee based Agriculture in Laos

Introduction

Over 95% of the Lao coffee production originates from the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos. The land available on the Plateau is limited, so is the area suitable for agriculture, respectively coffee planting, and the land pressure is rising. Thus the future perspective to increase the coffee production on the Bolaven Plateau should be sought after in ways to optimise the existing production rather than expanding acreage, without resulting in overuse of fertilizers and biocides as is happening in Vietnam.

The Project

  • Contribute to the long-term social, commercial and agronomical viability of Arabica and Robusta farming by promoting coffee as a family business
  • Professionalise existing high and medium potential Cooperatives and Farmer Groups
  • Consolidate internal service supply of Cooperatives and Farmer Groups to members (mutual collateral for (fertilizer) credit, saving schemes, processing, training)
  • Establish a commercially viable service supply model within the Cooperatives and Farmer Groups and within the Outspan operation to ensure continued access to services for farmers after the project ends
  • Make available project findings to national and international stakeholders

Partners

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Status

Ongoing

Duration

5 Years

Timeframe

2016-2020

Farmers

2,000

% Female Farmers & Youth

20%

Coffee Households

10,000

Areas of work

  • sustainability-of-land-icon@2x.pngSustainability of land
  • equality-of-people-icon@2x.pngEquality of people
  • prosperity-of-farmers-icon@2x.pngProsperity of farmers

Project themes

  • Gender and youth equality.pngGender and Youth Inclusivity
  • Climate change.pngClimate change
  • Farm management.pngFarm maganement
  • Yield improvement.pngYield improvement
  • Soil.pngSoil