Lao People's Democratic Republic Rice Policy Study: 2012 (Paperback)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic Rice Policy Study: 2012 (Paperback)
Paperback Published: 30/05/2013
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Rice is a key staple in the Lao PDR, as in most of the region, and as such is an important element of food security. Moreover, the rice sector in the country has seen impressive development over the last ten years. However, the sector has reached a crossroads: further progress requires changes to the current policy mix in order to sustain sector growth and support the ongoing transition from rice subsistence to rice commercialization required to achieve the government s policy targets.This analytical study, an initiative of the Government of the Lao PDR, aims to support evidence-based policy decisions regarding the rice sector. Most importantly, it seeks to provide a useful contribution to the Government of the Lao PDR in its design of a rice sector policy for the country. The study is considered a first step in defining a comprehensive food security policy for the Lao PDR, and benefits from collaboration between the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).The study presents the background and contributory factors to the structural transformation of the Lao rice sector. It examines the policy framework and performance of the sector using data from recent agricultural censuses, then presents detailed simulation analyses for alternative scenarios of rice production, rice consumption, and the resulting balance of exportable rice surplus between 2012 and 2020. Finally, it explores emerging challenges and options for improving rice sector policies, including improved regional trade in paddy and rice, strengthened emergency rice seed and food reserves, improved efficiency and effectiveness of public investments, and new measures to strengthen the rice seed sector."

Publisher: Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
ISBN: 9789251074657

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