Rice Production in Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Write-up taken from the IRRI’s Rice Almanac (2013):
The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) is an elongated landlocked country between Thailand and Vietnam, also bordering Cambodia in the south and Myanmar and China in the north. With an area of 236,800 km2, most of the land is mountainous and covered in rainforest. Logging of the forests is a major environmental problem. About 5.9% of the land area is arable (2009). The Mekong River forms a fertile valley through most of the country, where agriculture, mainly rice farming, is carried out. The population in 2011 was 6.3 million. Agriculture occupied 75% of the workforce and made up 30.8% of the country’s GDP in 2011.
Source: FAOSTAT database online and AQUASTAT database online, as of November 2012.