Subsistence-oriented rice farming in the rainfed lowlands of central and southern Laos—a policy dilemma

Manivong, Vongpaphane, Newby, Jonathan and Cramb, Rob (2014). Subsistence-oriented rice farming in the rainfed lowlands of central and southern Laos—a policy dilemma. In: Lisa Robins, A policy dialogue on rice futures: rice-based farming systems research in the Mekong region. A policy dialogue on rice futures: rice-based farming systems research in the Mekong region, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, (128-135). 7–9 May 2014.

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Author Manivong, Vongpaphane
Newby, Jonathan
Cramb, Rob
Title of paper Subsistence-oriented rice farming in the rainfed lowlands of central and southern Laos—a policy dilemma
Conference name A policy dialogue on rice futures: rice-based farming systems research in the Mekong region
Conference location Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Conference dates 7–9 May 2014
Proceedings title A policy dialogue on rice futures: rice-based farming systems research in the Mekong region   Check publisher's open access policy
Series ACIAR Proceedings
Place of Publication Canberra, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781925133516
9781925133523
ISSN 1038-6920
1447-0837
Editor Lisa Robins
Volume 142
Start page 128
End page 135
Total pages 8
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Despite rapid economic, social and political change in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) in recent decades, the cultivation of glutinous rice for subsistence remains the basis for rural livelihoods in the rainfed lowlands. Even with increased output from the partial adoption of green revolution technologies, lowland rice production in central and southern Laos remains an economically marginal activity, providing limited economic incentive for farmers to intensify production beyond household consumption needs, particularly as the opportunities for employment in non-farm activities increase. In this paper, we demonstrate that attempting to improve rural livelihoods and overcome poverty by increasing rice production per unit area through increased application of modern inputs and the commercialisation of rice production systems is unlikely to be a successful approach. Nevertheless, there is a need to improve the productivity and stability of this important subsistence-oriented activity to enhance the capacity of rural households to engage in both farm and livelihood diversification.
Keyword Subsistence agriculture
Intensification
Lowland rice
Livelihood diversification
Q-Index Code E1
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Institutional Status UQ
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