Support to Integrated Irrigated Agriculture in Two Districts in Bolikhamxay

Viengthong farmers at work in their fields. Photo by UNDP Lao People’s Democratic Republic


The project improved the overall livelihoods and food security of communities in the two poorest districts of Bolikhamxay Province by improving the irrigation system and promoting sustainable management of natural resources through community management groups. It encouraged shifting cultivation practices and promoted village forest management and diversification. 

Key results


  • Over 7,700 farmers benefited from different project services. A total of 40 households in 4 villages piloted 7.4 hectares of cash crops. A fisheries co-management committee established; farmers’ capacity for sustainable fisheries management enhanced through a study tour.
  • 630-hectare agricultural area provided with water after 3 irrigation infrastructure works completed in Nam Ser, Nam Yang and Nam Phou; total cultivation area increased from 150 to 500 hectares; rice cultivation expanded to the dry season. 
  • Over 300 farmers trained in watershed management as well as in rice-seed preparation and selection, dry-season vegetable extension, after-harvest conservation, and techniques for growing nine selected cash crops. Community water-user groups established and watershed management plans developed to improve water management and agriculture practices.

Key features


Communities in the two poorest districts


Department of Planning and Investment of Bolikhamxay Province, Department of Irrigation, UNDP Lao People’s Democratic Republic




January 2012–September 2015

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