Laos to spend $27m to fight rural poverty

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laos ruralThe Lao government approved $27 million for rural development and poverty alleviation for the next fiscal year, the Vientiane Times reported on July 30.

The funds are supposed to fuel the government’s efforts to reduce the proportion of poverty-stricken rural families in Laos. The poverty rate should be reduced to less than 12 per cent in 2014 from 14.8 per cent in 2013 and then to less than 10 per cent by 2015.

The anti-poverty scheme includes an initiative of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party to create “cluster villages” by resettling small isolated villages and grouping them together. In such a way, development projects and infrastructure facilities can be easier implemented, the government said. It added it will also focus on jobs creation for multi-ethnic people.

Resettling to nomadic farmers to sustainable local livelihoods should be completed by 2015. Authorities have worked on developing 70 locations out of a planned 167 in provinces across the country to resettle isolated villagers who engage in shifting cultivation.

Four locations have already been developed as model projects for resettlement, with the creation of permanent jobs for newcomers based on local potential.

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The Lao government approved $27 million for rural development and poverty alleviation for the next fiscal year, the Vientiane Times reported on July 30. The funds are supposed to fuel the government’s efforts to reduce the proportion of poverty-stricken rural families in Laos. The poverty rate should be reduced to less than 12 per cent in 2014 from 14.8 per cent in 2013 and then to less than 10 per cent by 2015. The anti-poverty scheme includes an initiative of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party to create "cluster villages" by resettling small isolated villages and grouping them together. In such...

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laos ruralThe Lao government approved $27 million for rural development and poverty alleviation for the next fiscal year, the Vientiane Times reported on July 30.

The funds are supposed to fuel the government’s efforts to reduce the proportion of poverty-stricken rural families in Laos. The poverty rate should be reduced to less than 12 per cent in 2014 from 14.8 per cent in 2013 and then to less than 10 per cent by 2015.

The anti-poverty scheme includes an initiative of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party to create “cluster villages” by resettling small isolated villages and grouping them together. In such a way, development projects and infrastructure facilities can be easier implemented, the government said. It added it will also focus on jobs creation for multi-ethnic people.

Resettling to nomadic farmers to sustainable local livelihoods should be completed by 2015. Authorities have worked on developing 70 locations out of a planned 167 in provinces across the country to resettle isolated villagers who engage in shifting cultivation.

Four locations have already been developed as model projects for resettlement, with the creation of permanent jobs for newcomers based on local potential.

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