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Commercialising smallholder agricultural production in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Alexander, Kim; Case, Peter; Jones, Michael; Connell, John


Kim Alexander

Michael Jones

John Connell


© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Many smallholder farmers in Lao People’s Democratic Republic are transitioning from subsistence to commercial production. This article employs the Agriculture Innovation System (AIS) framework to report on empirical findings from six case studies of Lao smallholder production. It identifies the actors, organisations, and institutions involved in systemic commercialisation of subsistence farming and articulates patterns of interactions that contribute to the relative success of the transition. Of the factors identified in the case studies, the most important enablers of commercial production and adoption of innovative technologies were technical and financial assistance, access to markets, and the formation of farmer associations/organisations.


Alexander, K., Case, P., Jones, M., & Connell, J. (2017). Commercialising smallholder agricultural production in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Development in Practice, 27(7), 965-980.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2017
Online Publication Date Sep 25, 2017
Publication Date Oct 3, 2017
Journal Development in Practice
Print ISSN 0961-4524
Electronic ISSN 1364-9213
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 7
Pages 965-980
Keywords agricultural innovation systems, market engagement, smallholder farmers, Lao PDR, extension, farmer organisations
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Development in Practice on 25th September 2017, available online:


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