Agricultural biodiversity in Lao PDR
Lao PDR is a biodiversity mega-diverse country, and one of Vavilov’s “Centres of Origin” of domesticated plants. The people of Lao PDR make tremendous use of this biodiversity, particularly in the agriculture sector, which by far is the most important economic sector in the country. Over 80 percent of the labour force is employed within the agriculture sector, which is largely subsistence agriculture that is characterized by low inputs and low outputs.
In Lao PDR, a wide-range of wild plants and animals contribute significantly to day-to-day basic nutrition of both rural and urban residents.