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Australian PhD student gains unique perspective researching in Laos, Vientiane Times, Thursday August 4, 2016

Check out Luisa Olmo’s write up in the Vientiane Times! Click here: Newspaper clip

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Australia Network TV show ‘Food Bowl’ features valued Lao partnerships

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ACIAR Lao PDR Country Newsletter December 2013

Screen Shot 2013-12-04 at 2.16.47 PMThis informative Newsletter includes an article on ‘Cattle & Buffalo Health’ following on from the July 2013 Workshop. See Page 18: Newsletter December 2013

 

Hunger ‘solutions’ found in better animal welfare, production – ABC Radio Interview

In July 2013 Prof. Peter Windsor was interviewed by the ABC to share some of the research findings. The full interview can be accessed online at:index

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/connect-asia/hunger-solutions-found-in-better-animal-welfare-production/1163250

Livestock research project aims to enhance productivity – Newspaper article By Vientiane Times Reporters (Latest Update July 30, 2013)

Meat consumption in Laos maVietiane times artciley be rising but most Lao livestock farmers are still hampered by a lack of knowledge about animal health and nutrition, which is detrimental to the productivity of their husbandry enterprises. The Australian government, through the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR), continues to support the large ruminant research and development project in Laos, supporting the development of a bio-secure, market-driven large ruminant management and beef production system. Officials from the livestock sector in Vientiane and other provinces of the project gathered in Vientiane to assess the project results and share experiences on how to move forward into the future. The project aims to improve large ruminant productivity and prevent disease outbreaks, especially foot and mouth disease and hemorrhagic septicemia, which are the most important large ruminant diseases in Laos. The livestock sector, in particularly buffalo and cattle raising, are crucial livelihood activities for farmers in rural areas, providing up to 50 percent of their household’s annual cash income, said the Livestock and Fisheries Department Director General, Dr Bounkhouang Khambounheuang. However, the economic sector is still under-developed as most smallholder farmers own less than 10 cattle and buffaloes, mainly kept as a cash reserve and for draft, he explained. Hence, improvement of large ruminant productivity and efficiency and a change by farmers from large ruminant keepers to producers could be a contributing factor to poverty reduction for the rural population in Laos. The livestock sector will play an important role to contribute and support the government’s strategies to achieve its goal in eradicating poverty in the country by the given period, he said, and the Livestock and Fisheries Department has always focused on livestock improvement and development using research as a cutting edge. “The department has many collaboration research and development projects, but we always value the ACIAR, which is one of our most important partners,” Dr Bounkhouang said. The project had been active in Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang and Huaphan provinces, researching methodologies that improve the health, productivity and profitability of large ruminant production in Laos. Food security is increasingly being recognised as one of the major global challenges, said the Australian Ambassador to Laos, Ms Lynda Worthaisong. The world is facing a future task of feeding 9.5 billion people by 2020, requiring up to 70 percent more food to be produced to satisfy changing food preferences. There are increasing demands for quality protein as rapid economic development leads to increasing middle class populations, particularly in countries such as China and India, she said. Also collaborating on the research project are researchers from the National University of Laos and the University of Sydney.

ETM logo‘Livestock lament – Outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease decrease, but are still painful for Cambodian farmers’ by Sok Lak, Economics today, Vol 6, 126, July 2-8, 2012. ETM FMD economics

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