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Lao People's Democratic Republic: Rice policy study

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. The rice sector in the country has seen impressive development over the last ten years, however the sector has reached a crossroads where 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 policy targets. 

This study, that has benefited from the collaboration between the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), analyzes in detail the Laos rice sector and proposes policy recommendations that seek to adapt the current policy mix to meet the challenges faced by the sector. They include: facilitating trade, strengthening rice seed and food reserves, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public investments and strengthening the rice seed sector.