Laos and Japan have looked to strengthen bilateral cooperation on reducing carbon emissions in Laos by transferring low carbon technologies to the country.

Experts discussed the prospective cooperation with Lao private sector companies in Vientiane yesterday, aiming to share experiences on the transfer of low carbon technologies.

Read more: Japan steps in to help Laos cut carbon emission


VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/24 September) — The sky is still dark when 48-year old Ms Kham Phanyavong leaves her house at 3:30 AM on Saturday. She has to be at That Luang organic market before the customers arrive. She pays 40,000 kip to transport four baskets of vegetables from Nontae village in Xaythany district here. In her baskets are long beans, onions, morning glory, cucumber, papaya and carrots, all from her garden.

Earning four million kip a month, cash comes in regularly from selling vegetables and not from her two rai (0.32 hectare) of rice farm.

Read more: Lao farmers need no ‘magic’ to adapt to climate change


laos-irinKioutaloun, Laos (IRIN) – Lemons and sweet bamboo may not be associated with frontline efforts to adapt to climate change in most parts of the world, but in Kioutaloun village in northern Laos, rice farmers hit by landslides, land erosion and severe flooding are looking to different crops.

“When the farmer starts planting upland rice he needs rain for fast growth. If there is no rain within a month, then it’s not good,” said Ki Her, head of Kioutaloun village, where mostly the Hmong ethnic group live.

Khamphone Mounlamai, of the National Agricultural Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, told IRIN that the villagers are noticing shorter, but more intense rainy seasons, followed by longer dry seasons.

Read more: Diversifying crops to cope with climate change


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