Evaluation Laos - Final Report
Rural development and food security projects in Oudomxay
In Oudomxay, conditions in rural areas have improved (roads, bridges, schools, drinking water supply, health care), and access to natural resources and livelihood strategies have changed.
Shifting cultivation applying slash and burn practices for subsistence has reduced, market economy increased, often involving foreign investors and the promotion of agrochemicals. New trends in economic development (contract farming) put farmers in an oppressed position; a dependency on contractors for marketing is created and the environment endangered. Farmers are not well informed about the contents of their contracts, they often do not get copies of the contracts, and have a weak position in dealing with investors.
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