Poverty in Laos on the decline, says government

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laos ruralThe number of districts in Laos which are officially classified as poor has fallen to 37 this year, out of a total of 145 in the country, the Lao National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication said according to the Vientiane Times.

The figure was a significant improvement over 2010, when 47 districts were classified as poor. The government’s plan is to reduce the proportion of poor families to 9 per cent in 2015 as part of the plan to achieve fundamental poverty reduction.

The government is actively implementing its poverty reduction strategy in the hope of achieving its targets and removing Laos from the list of Least Developed Countries by 2020.

In 2010, the proportion of poor families was reported to be 20.40 per cent but this year the number dropped to 10.57 per cent. However, rural development and poverty eradication continue to pose a difficult challenge because of insufficient funding.

Most people living in remote areas with limited or no road access, both in multicultural and traditional communities, suffer from a low level of education and a nature-dependent lifestyle. Few of them are able to raise crops or animals for sale and can only produce enough for their own needs.

According to the committee, a minimum of $63 million is needed for poverty reduction activities each year but the state budget is not sufficient for that. At present, the government can only provide $0.9 million to fund poverty alleviation projects annually, which falls far short of the financing required.

The government is struggling to maintain a strong focus on sustainable agriculture, rural employment and income generation, alternative livelihoods and the development of rural infrastructure. It embarked on the poverty eradication project in 1996 when the 6th Party Congress defined Laos’ long-term development objective as freeing the nation from Least Developed Country status by 2020.

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The number of districts in Laos which are officially classified as poor has fallen to 37 this year, out of a total of 145 in the country, the Lao National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication said according to the Vientiane Times.

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laos ruralThe number of districts in Laos which are officially classified as poor has fallen to 37 this year, out of a total of 145 in the country, the Lao National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication said according to the Vientiane Times.

The figure was a significant improvement over 2010, when 47 districts were classified as poor. The government’s plan is to reduce the proportion of poor families to 9 per cent in 2015 as part of the plan to achieve fundamental poverty reduction.

The government is actively implementing its poverty reduction strategy in the hope of achieving its targets and removing Laos from the list of Least Developed Countries by 2020.

In 2010, the proportion of poor families was reported to be 20.40 per cent but this year the number dropped to 10.57 per cent. However, rural development and poverty eradication continue to pose a difficult challenge because of insufficient funding.

Most people living in remote areas with limited or no road access, both in multicultural and traditional communities, suffer from a low level of education and a nature-dependent lifestyle. Few of them are able to raise crops or animals for sale and can only produce enough for their own needs.

According to the committee, a minimum of $63 million is needed for poverty reduction activities each year but the state budget is not sufficient for that. At present, the government can only provide $0.9 million to fund poverty alleviation projects annually, which falls far short of the financing required.

The government is struggling to maintain a strong focus on sustainable agriculture, rural employment and income generation, alternative livelihoods and the development of rural infrastructure. It embarked on the poverty eradication project in 1996 when the 6th Party Congress defined Laos’ long-term development objective as freeing the nation from Least Developed Country status by 2020.

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