Day 1 – 12 March




08:00 – 08:30 Registration of participants Secretariat

Opening of the Lao Uplands Conference

08:30 – 08:45 Welcome remark Vice-Governor of Luang Prabang Province Vice-Governor of Luang Prabang Province
08:45 – 09:00 Welcome remark by donors: EU and AFD Mr. Ignacio Oliver-Cruz EU and Mr. Matthieu Bommier AFD
09:00 – 09:15 Opening speech by Vice-Minister of MAF HE Mr. Thongphath Vongmany, Vice-Minister of MAF
09:15 – 09:30 Introduction to the Upland Development Programme: Selected lessons and observations Mr. Khamsone Sysanhouth, NUDP, MAF
09:30 – 09:45 The strategy of DALaM towards sustainable agricultural land management in the Lao Uplands Mr. Khamphone Rasachack, DG of DALaM
09:45 – 10:00 Group photo All



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Agricultural fair and poster session

10:00 – 11:45 Opening of the agricultural fair

  • Open the banner
  • Visit of the booths and animations, poster session, agricultural market
  • Contest of best booth and poster
Vice-Governor Luang Prabang, Vice-Minister of MAF and President of Souphanouvong University
11:45 – 13:00 Lunch All

Session 1 – Changing uplands: challenges and opportunities

13:00 – 13:30 Using the SLI.DO App – short training All participants with MC
13:30 – 15:00 1.1. Alternative Futures in the Lao Uplands: multi-function or mono-function? NIER, NAFRI, DALaM, TABI
5’ Session introduction Dr. Chanhsamone Phongoudome, NAFRI
15’ What does green growth mean for the uplands? Dr. Syviengxay Oraboune, NIER
15’ Contexts of large scale investments in lands Mr. Vong Nanthavong, CDE and Dr Michael Epprecht, CDE
15’ Informing the multi-functional/mono-functional debate: Insights from the northern uplands Dr. Micah Ingalls, CDE-TABI
10’ Questions – discussion Dr. Chanhsamone Phongoudome, NAFRI
30’ Panel discussion: Is smallholder farming the main pathway out of poverty for rural people in the uplands?
15:00 Coffee break
15:20 Video: Mr. Ken


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15:30 – 16:50 1.2. Vulnerabilities and adaptation to changes in the Lao Uplands: exploring pathways towards resilience DALaM, NAFRI, CDE, CARE-CCL-SAEDA, EFICAS
20’ Framing vulnerability and adaptation in the context of the Lao Uplands Dr. Michael Epprecht,  CDE and Dr. J-Christophe Castella, IRD-CIRAD
20’ Strengthening adaptive capacity of smallholders and monitoring impacts on resilience: lessons from climate change adaptation projects CARE-CCL-SAEDA and Dr. Thavone Inthavong, NAFRI
20’ Early warning systems: mobile reporting, information integration, and decision making Dr. Thatheva Saphanthong, DALaM and Dr. Michael Epprecht, CDE
30’ Panel discussion

  • Changing vulnerabilities in the uplands
  • What has been done and how to address them?
  • How to bring to scale promising results?
Mr. Ignacio Oliver-Cruz, EU
18:30 Conference dinner at Pharpxay Restaurant All


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Day 2 – 13 March





Session 2 – Engineering the transition towards sustainable agriculture

08:30 – 10:00 2.1. Landscape approaches: engaging upland communities in designing their own development pathways DALaM, NAFRI, EFICAS, TABI
15’ Framing landscape approaches in the context of the Lao Uplands: patterns of agricultural commercialization, intensification, and diversification Dr. Jean-Christophe Castella, IRD-CIRAD
15’ Participatory land use planning: reconciling multiple objectives at the local level – experiences from DALaM with support from GIZ, TABI, EFICAS Mr. Phoneda Visisombath, PALaM Huaphan
15’ Sustainable land management practices in the uplands: environmental benefits and challenges for large scale adoption Dr. Nivong Sipaseuth, DALaM
15’ When agriculture is getting too uniform: what intervention mechanisms to promote agrobiodiversity and agroecology practices? Mr. Ienlang Panthanivong, PAFO Xiengkhouang
30’ Participatory theater: exploring pathways to sustainable intensification of agriculture in the Lao Uplands
10:00 Coffee break
10:20 Video: EFICAS


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10:30 – 12:00 2.2. Green Extension: learning processes for sustainable agriculture in the uplands of Laos DTEAP, LURAS, FAO
10’ Introduction: Why we need Green Extension Mr. Andrew Bartlett, Helvetas-LURAS
20’ The Green Extension approach of the Lao Upland Rural Advisory Service (LURAS) Mr. Souvanthong Namvong, DTEAP- MAF
20’ Green Extension experience in Xieng Khouang province Ms. Chanthaly Sfongxay, PAFO Xiengkhouang
10’ Key challenge: who do extension workers really work for? Mr. Andrew Bartlett, Helvetas-LURAS
30’ Discussion – Looking ahead: how can we take Green Extension beyond the projects?
12:00 Lunch


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Session 3 – Enabling environments for sustainable development
13:30 – 15:00 3.1. Bringing agroecology to the market: Innovative market approaches and institutional settings ALiSEA, NUoL, GRET, CIRAD
15’ Interactive poll about main issues at stakes when addressing Agroecology & Markets All participants
Facilitation by ALiSEA-GRET and CIRAD
30’ Case studies about different innovations to address the marketing of agrifood products in the Northern Uplands:

  • Innovation for local markets: Vegetable PGS in Xieng Khouang Province
  • Branding and community development: Agro‐forest and organic coffee promotion in the Northern Uplands of Laos
  • Bringing AE to conventional markets: Legume crop production in Xieng Khouang province

Mr. Thongdam Phongphichith, SAEDA

Saffron coffee company

Mr. Anonh Khamhoung

15’ Drawing lessons from case studies All participants
Facilitation by ALiSEA-GRET and CIRAD
30’ Wrap-up discussion about Agroecology & Market:

  • What have we learned?
  • How can we move forwards?
Dr. Isabelle Vagneron CIRAD and
Mr. Pierre Ferrand  ALiSEA-GRET
15:00 Coffee break
15:20 Prize award ceremony – posters and booths Mr. Bandith Ramangkoun, DALaM


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15:30-16:30 3.2. The role of higher education and science in achieving a broad scale and lasting impact on sustainable development in the Lao Uplands HESA-SIANI
Panel discussion

  • Mr. Sianouvong Savathvong, Vice-President of Souphanouvong University
  • Dr. Saythong Vilayvong, Adviser to Office of Research and Services and the President, National University of Laos, NUoL
  • Dr. Vanthong Phengvichit, Deputy Director General of NAFRI
  • Dr. Elisabeth Simelton, CGIAR Consortium Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS), ICRAF
Dr. Wayne Nelles, HESA-SIANI Expert Group and
Ms. Sengphachanh Sonethavixay, Policy Think Tank, NAFRI
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16:45 – 17:00


Closing remark




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Day 3 – 14 March
Wrap-up session (invited participants only)




Session 4 – A vision for the future of the Lao Uplands: key messages and recommendations

08:30 Review state of knowledge about the Lao Uplands: facts and evidences All participants
09:00 Working group discussions:
identifying gaps, opportunities and recommendations for moving forward
10:00 Coffee break
10:30 Plenary presentations
11:00 Discussion about the key messages/recommendations from the conference
11:30 Drafting the key messages as outputs of the conference as small groups
12:00 Lunch

Participants to the wrap-up session are all the members of the organizing committee, organizers of individual sessions during the conference and facilitators. Participants to the morning meeting can take part in the afternoon field trips to agroecological farms or botanical garden.