H.E. Dr. Phoung Parisack Pravongviengkham, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Chairs the Sector Working Group. H.E. Mr. Yves Carmona, Ambassador of France and Mr. Benoit Thierry, Country Director of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are Co-Chairs.
The Sector Working Group supports the implementation of the National Socio Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) and the country’s efforts to meet MDG 1 on eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and MDG 7 on ensuring environmental sustainability.
The Sector Working Group:
A Policy Think Tank under NAFRI’s Policy Research Centre supports the Sector Working Group with policy level research.
The Agriculture Development Strategy to 2025 and vision to 2030 aims to ensure national food security through clean, safe and sustainable agriculture and build an agricultural production potential that contributes significantly to the nations’ economy, according to its objectives of industrialisation and modernisation.
These goals form the basis of the Five‐Year Agriculture and Forestry Sector Development Plan, which in turn focuses on three areas: food production, commercial agriculture and forestry.
International cooperation, particularly with OECD member-countries, Vietnam, China and other nations are important. Regional cooperation, including with ASEAN will be a key area for collaboration as Lao PDR Chairs the organization in 2016.