Supporting rural development
Supporting the NGO network
Anticipating the future
Laos is today still classified among the least developed countries (LDCs).
Its small population (6.4 million inhabitants), landlocked situation, mainly mountainous profile and turbulent history throughout the 20th century slowed down the country’s development up until ten years ago.
Yet Laos does have assets: substantial mineral and hydropower resources, low agricultural production, but very distinctive farmland and a political will to stand out for product quality. Its agricultural sectors often have organic certification and the policy to preserve its archeological sites pays attention to the integration of neighboring populations.
However, there are a number of challenges: reconcile development with natural resources protection, ensure the sustainable development of cities, and promote rural development for the 65% of the population who work in the agricultural sector.
With the exceptional growth rate of 7% experienced by the country for the past 10 years, Laos needs to stay the course for harmonious development.
AFD has been operating in the country since 1994. It pays particular attention to rural populations and NGO networks, which are already active in the field.