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Sustainable development in the uplands of Lao PDR

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  • Kim Suzanne Alexander

    (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, CSIRO, Gungahlin, ACT, Australia)

  • Joanne Millar

    (School of Environmental Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW, Australia)

  • Neil Lipscombe

    (School of Environmental Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW, Australia)

Smallholder farmers resident in marginalized communities in the uplands of Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) have been subject to agricultural reforms and policies requiring adaptation of their rural livelihood systems and adoption of new agricultural technologies. Structured interviews with farmers explored their perspectives and experiences when developing economically viable, locally adapted and diversified livelihood and farming system strategies. Agricultural productivity was dependent on cultivatable land and forest biodiversity, while agricultural strategies embedded knowledge, information and ideas to enable farmers to adapt to changing conditions. Political, social, economic and environmental factors have influenced smallholder farmers in their preference and uptake of new technologies and activities. Opportunities to trial new technologies and further support, advice and information from extension officers and projects, combined with market opportunities and access to credit, will enable some farmers to find sustainable production alternatives. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Sustainable Development.

Volume (Year): 18 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 62-70

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Handle: RePEc:wly:sustdv:v:18:y:2010:i:1:p:62-70
DOI: 10.1002/sd.428
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  1. Erling Holden & Kristin Linnerud, 2007. "The sustainable development area: satisfying basic needs and safeguarding ecological sustainability," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(3), pages 174-187.
  2. Simon Bell & Stephen Morse, 2007. "Story telling in sustainable development projects," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(2), pages 97-110.
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