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Laos

Helvetas’ activities in Laos focus on ethnic minority communities in the mountainous northern regions of the country. People here preserve traditional farming methods, which are supported by Helvetas. Furthermore, we advocate for social justice and against domestic violence.
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  • Capital
    Vientiane
  • Area
    236,800 km²
  • Poverty rate*
    17% of the population live under the poverty line of $1.90 per day
  • UN DEVELOPMENT INDEX*
    Rank: 138 out of 188
  • Population
    6,918,000
  • People supported per year
    82,000
  • Thematic focus
    Environment and Climate Change
    Governance, Peace & Migration
    Skills Development and Education
    Sustainable and Inclusive Economies
    Advocacy
    Gender and Social Equity
* Source: UN Data

Laos, the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, remains by and large a rural society. Roughly a third of the population still lives below the poverty line. Over three quarters of the population derive their livelihood from farming. Most small-holder farmers produce little, if any, surplus beyond their own needs. And yet their ecologically sound traditional farming methods hold tremendous development potential.

Advisory services for farmers

Helvetas has been working with the government since 2001 to set up an agricultural advisory system that combines expertise with the experience and know-how of local farmers. Farmer groups are now working with the authorities to make Laotian agriculture more environmentally friendly and improve its access to the market. The Laotian extension services have officially taken up this approach and are now applying it in various parts of the country.

Supporting ethnic minorities

Helvetas supports agricultural and forestry colleges all over the country. The objective is to dynamically adapt the schools to the specific local conditions and also to promote the inclusion of women and ethnic minorities. The schools teach theoretical knowledge and practical know-how, train teaching staff and develop new curricula, which include applied training. Laotian agricultural and forestry colleges are also improving their infrastructure and administration and integrating into a regional network.

Against domestic violence

Helvetas advocates for improved social inclusion in Laos. We support farmers’ and civil-society organizations as well as local parliaments with a view to fostering local development based on the principles of self-determination and social justice. We also seek to safeguard women’s rights and fight against gender based violence, because domestic violence, which is still widespread in Laos, is hushed up as a “family affair”.

Visit the website of Helvetas Laos.

Our Projects in Laos

 If you would like to know more about our work in Laos, click on each project for details.

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Laos Governance, Peace & Migration

Fostering Civic Engagement

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Laos Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Good Tea Fetches Good Prices

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Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Ethical Trade in Botanicals

Repors from Asia

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A Farmer’s Daughter Goes to College

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Protecting fish stocks in Myanmar

The people in the Gulf of Mottama live from fishing. Read how they try to regulate stocks with the help of Helvetas.

Where Tea Grows on Trees

In the mountainous hinterland of Laos, tea leaves are picked at high altitudes.

Environment and Climate Change

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people adapt to climate change, reduce the risks of disasters, sustainably manage natural resources, and conserve nature.

Governance, Peace & Migration

In many countries where we work, men and women are unable to claim their rights and participate actively in decision-making processes.

Skills Development and Education

Lack of education perpetuates inequality because poor countries cannot compete economically without a skilled workforce.
Contact

HELVETAS LAOS
P.O Box 6367, House No. 143
Ban Phonthan Neua, Unit 15, Rue Phonthan
01000 Vientiane Capital
Lao PDR

Phone: +856 21 263 189
E-Mail: laos@helvetas.org