Over half a century ago, Lao PDR began its journey to become a modern nation and committed itself to long-term development ambitions. It has delivered electricity, schools, roads, and has become an important energy exporter.
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The World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization, and International Rice Research Institute produced the Lao PDR: Rice Policy 2012 report. This study is a first attempt to analyze rice sector in Lao PDR,... Show More + also commonly known as Laos, through an in-depth analysis which combines technical aspects of rice production with a broad-based socio-economic analysis. The Lao government commissioned the report.Key FindingsLao rice production has been increasing significantly since the early 1990s. It was driven by area expansion and increase in yields. Rice production in Laos has more than doubled over 1991–2011, and reached around 3.3 million tons of paddy in 2011.While Laos has still one of the highest per capita annual rice consumption levels in the world, there is evidence that it had reached the peak in mid-2000s and is now on a declining trend. A significant portion of the population of Laos is already located past the maximum rice per capita consumption level and this trend has b Show Less -
VIENTIANE, Laos, June 18, 2011 --The World Bank and AusAid organized the Young Entrepreneurial Marketplace Competition, a contest where young Laotians could pitch their business ideas and turn these into... Show More + reality over the next year. Candidates stood a chance at winning $5,000.00 and mentorship from the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Lao PDR. 212 proposals- covering business ideas about tech, farm products, and more - were submitted.Meet the 11 teams who emerged as winners of the competition:Teaching Computer SkillsTuny Inthanongsak, Apple Inthanongsak, and Sidavanh Thammavong“Information technology (IT) is rapidly growing in Laos. We’ve been working with computers and electronics for nine years and know how IT can be used in all work and help generate income. This is why we want to set up a training center for students, teachers, and local people from Dongkhamxang Village (Vientiane) who want to gain IT skills.”Empowering Women with HIV to Make and Sell HandicraftsPhennapha Phommach Show Less -