Schweizer Vertretungen im Ausland
In 2012, a Policy Think Tank (PTT) was established under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, with the vision of helping guiding the country towards economic prosperity and poverty alleviation. The PTT has established a core team, carried out several studies and generated interest amongst stakeholders involved in the agricultural sector policy improvement. Now, the PTT structure and mandate need to be strengthened and adapted to answer to the changes that the country is facing.
Landwirtschaft und Ernährungssicherheit
Nicht spezifizierter Sektor
Lao PDR is undergoing a rapid agricultural and economic transition. The Government of Laos (GoL) has determined agriculture development as a priority and has established guidelines to shift from subsistence agriculture to a modern market-oriented agriculture. Most policies in regards to agriculture are under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), many are either obsolete or drafted from purely administrative and political plans, which often lack scientific evidence based on research. As a result, the MAF has expressed concerns in regards to the relevance of the policies and their implementation, and has pointed out the need for an inter-linked sciences-technology-policy research interface able to inform and guide the Ministry and the GoL in its decisions, at different levels.
The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the MAF to facilitate and coordinate research across sectors and ministries through the PTT, and to feed research results into the policy dialogue. PTT’s ability to conduct quality scientific and evidence-based research will be strengthened, research results will be presented to and discussed with key stakeholders in effective forums and platforms. Effective recommendations on agriculture, natural resources management and rural development policies will be formulated and provided to key stakeholders, allowing MAF and other ministries to take decisions in an informed manner.
Direct beneficiaries are:
Indirect beneficiaries are:
Outcome 1: The PTT is able to conduct quality scientific and evidence based researches.
Outcome 2: Scientific evidence based researches are presented and discussed with key stakeholders in effective forums and platforms.
Outcome 3: The PTT is able to formulate and to provide recommendations on agriculture, natural resources and rural development to MAF and GoL policy and decision makers.
Resultate von früheren Phasen:
Through a small partial action under the Northern Upland Development Programme (NUDP), SDC has supported the “PTT predecessor”. Through this, a core team of researchers was established, and led several scientific studies which helped the MAF in its decisions resulting in, for example, the ban of / moratorium on banana plantations. The PTT, in its role of inter-linked interface, has also allowed the presentation of several key studies done by the Lao Upland Rural Advisory Services (LURAS), related to the overuse of pesticides and farmers’ indebtedness, which had undoubtedly retained the attention of the Ministry.
Internationale oder ausländische NGO
Ausländische staatliche Institution
IFAD, FAO, WLE, CIRAD, WB, CDE, private sector
Entities interested in policy framework improvement
|Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren||
LURAS, TABI, WWF, GRET, ENUFF, SURAFCO, PRF, Lao DECIDE info
|Budget||Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF 501’607 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF 425’380|