Commercialising smallholder agricultural production in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Alexander, Kim, Case, Peter, Jones, Michael, and Connell, John (2017) Commercialising smallholder agricultural production in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Development in Practice, 27 (7). pp. 965-980.

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Abstract

Many smallholder farmers in Lao People’s Democratic Republic are transitioning from subsistence to commercial production. This paper employs the Agriculture Innovation System (AIS) framework to report on empirical findings from six case studies of Lao smallholder production. It identifies the actors, organisations, and institutions involved in systemic commercialisation of subsistence farming and articulate patterns of interactions that contribute to the relative success of the transition. Of the factors identified in our case studies, the most important enablers of commercial production and adoption of innovative technologies were technical and financial assistance, access to markets and the formation of farmer associations/organisations.

Item ID: 49102
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1364-9213
Keywords: agricultural innovation systems; market engagement; smallholder farmers; Lao PDR; extension; farmer organisations
Funders: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Projects and Grants: ACIAR ASEM/2011/009
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 23:29
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350705 Innovation management @ 50%
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300207 Agricultural systems analysis and modelling @ 50%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910406 Technological and Organisational Innovation @ 100%
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