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Laos: Gender equality a priority in agriculture and forestry
August 17, 2012
Gender equality and the advancement of women is a priority for the Lao government and policies are in place for women to develop their skills and participate in the decision making process. Agriculture and forestry is one sector where this work can improve family living conditions in order to eradicate poverty and contribute to socio-economic development.
Representatives from women’s groups, the agriculture and forestry sector and other relevant government agencies gathered in Vientiane for a two-day workshop from August 16-17, to discuss measures they plan to implement next year. Guests from development partners and projects also attended the event.
By 2015, the agriculture and forestry sector plans to increase the number of women receiving technical training to 35 percent of all trainees. The Asian Development Bank currently supports 16 projects in Laos, which include gender action plans, out of which six projects are in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the ADB Country Director Laos Resident Mission, Dr Chong Chi Nai said.
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Keywords: agriculture, Asia, Forestry, gender, Lao PDR, Laos, women