FAO in Lao People's Democratic Republic

From Orchard to Market: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Food and Agriculture Oganization Team Up to Strengthens Lao Orange Value Chain in Nambak District


Luang Prabang province, 6 February 2024 – The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) embarked on a collaborative endeavor to bolster orange production in Lao PDR, particularly focusing on empowering smallholder farmers in Nambak district of Luangprabang province. During a recent visit on February 6th, representatives from both organizations visited the orange and silk production groups to observe progress and discuss future plans under the Technical Cooperation Programme for “Building Capacity for Silk and Orange Production in the Lao PDR.”

Nambak district, known for its citrus groves, is home to 1,300 households, across 26 villages engaged in orange farming. The project, launched in early 2021, aims to unlock the district's potential through a comprehensive master plan for orange development and established demonstration sites for sustainable agricultural practices. Pilot farmer groups have been formed to introduce new technologies and enhance productivity, targeting a production output of 1,700 metric tons per year of oranges.

So far, the project has yielded significant accomplishments. Over 75 households have joined orange production groups in five targeted villages, with a total cultivating area of 82,000 hectares. Farmers are equipped with improved management techniques and have received crucial training on soil fertility and pest control. Furthermore, the project also extends its support to target groups, focusing on securing distribution partners, launching the Nambak Orange branding initiative, and disseminating the Orange Master Plan.

"This collaboration has empowered our farmers and improved their livelihoods," said Thonglay Chindavong, Nambak District Vice Governor. "We look forward to working with FAO and MAF to address technical challenges, expand marketing, and ensure the long-term success of our orange industry."

Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and workforce shortages among farmers, the project has made significant strides in enhancing orange production and marketing capabilities. Moving forward, continued collaboration between MAF, FAO, and local stakeholders will propel Nambak's orange production to new heights, benefiting farmers and consumers alike.

For further information, please contact:
Vilaylack Khounvisith, - National Communication Consultant 
Bounmee Maokhamphiou - Outreach Specialist 
Sneamphay Phrasayamongkhounh - National Project Technical Support Officer