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Geographical Indication expected to boost Laotian coffee exports








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    Exploring coffee futures
    Building coffee resilient pathways in Lao People's Democratic Republic
    2022
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    The booklet presents the result of the activities undertaken by the projects “Strengthening Agro-climatic Monitoring and Information Systems (SAMIS) to improve adaptation to climate change and food security in Lao People's Democratic Republic” and “Sustainable Productivity in agriculture in the context of Climate Smart Agriculture and Agro-ecology”. In the leaflet, the story map of the coffee crops production system is analysed using the agro-ecological zoning future crop suitability maps and multiple foresight analysis tools. All elements of the crops value chain are identified, as well as current and future risks and opportunities. Based on these analyses, the policy recommendations containing proposed actions and strategies are elaborated in the form of a pathway action plan. This story map was produced by national experts and its validity was confirmed and tested by field missions and national expert meetings, which involved local experts and various stakeholders, including farmers and private sector. The main beneficiary of this leaflet should be the policy and the decision-makers at the local and national level.
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    Establishing a Geographical Indication System in Lao People’s Democratic Republic - UTF/LAO/026/LAO 2021
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    In recent years, the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have developed Geographical Indication (GI) schemes. GIs are intellectual property (IP) rights that indicate food products or handicrafts as originating in a territory where a given quality and reputation or other unique characteristic of the goods, including raw materials or the methods of production used, is linked to provenance. Products that are GI certified can increase commercialization and promote trade at the international level. They can also have a significant impact at local level by enhancing rural livelihoods through income generation, investment promotion, the creation of local employment opportunities in the food, agriculture, and tourism sectors, and the prevention of rural exodus. This project was formulated to bring about these benefits for the small scale farmers and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that make up the majority of the food and agriculture sector in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. By focusing on the establishment of an internationally compliant GI system in the country and developing four GI pilot value chains in the agriculture sector, the project was designed to increase the competitiveness of the country at local and global level.
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    Strategic foresight planning: Formulating crop story maps and building climate resilient pathways
    Part of the Land Resources Information Management System (LRIMS)
    2022
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    Strategic Foresight is the ability to predict or the action of predicting what will happen or be needed in the future. Foresight uses a range of methodologies, such as scanning the horizon for emerging changes, analysing megatrends and developing multiple scenarios, to reveal and discuss useful ideas about the future. It is an approach that aims at making sense of the future, understanding drivers of change that are outside of one’s control, and preparing for what may lead to success or failure. The target of this process consisted in the development of policy narratives. The preparation of policy narrative was realised officials of the Department of Agricultural Land Management (DALAM) and of the National Agricultural and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) to present key concepts and methods around science communication by producing story maps, presenting spatial analysis in a user-friendly manner, and future-proof resilient policy recommendations. The narratives are detailed in-depth analysis of the current state of maize, cassava, coffee and banana production, as well as projections of future developments of the agricultural system. The policy recommendations and advised actions in the document can help policy makers to establish a resilient future-proof production system.

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