ABD Livelihoods Results

More than 34,000 households in 594 villages have been involved or benefitting from the involvement in TABI supported livelihood activities. The types of results that have been achieved include:

  • enhanced capacity to produce.
  • increased food production and nutrition.
  • increased income or increased exposure to the market.

From 2009 – 2016, TABI tested out more than 25 Agro-biodiversity livelihood options through a small grant mechanism called Sub-project Agreements (SPAs). These activities were mainly implemented by district and provincial staff with some limited support from NGOs and national authorities (NAFRI, DoF, etc).

A crucial part of supporting ABD-based livelihoods is the development of staff capacity to develop, draft, implement and monitor activities through the SPAs. TABI’s efforts to engage Provincial and District staff in the full process through mentoring and on-the-job training in combination with various workshops, has resulted in increased partner staff capacity and some of the SPAs are now self-sustained. As a mean to further outscale the SPA-modality, the production of a basic tool (manual in Lao language) on design, management and implementation of ABD based SPAs has been initiated with the expectation to contribute to the SPA-modality during and after the end of TABI. In addition to increased staff capacity for SPA-management, technical knowledge and skills in specific areas has also increased substantially among both villagers and staff, through technical training on specific subjects such as broom grass making, honey production, mushroom growing, etc.

Key activities carried out in 2016-2017:
Theme, and Livelihood Option
Indigenous Rice

  1. wet rice cultivar improvement and seed production chain: ‘Khao Gai Noi’
  2. wet rice cultivar improvement and seed production chain: Black Sticky rice
  3. upland rice cultivar improvement and seed production chain

Organic vegetables and crops

  1. Organic vegetable production

Native livestock

  1. Native Pig
  2. Native Chicken

Fruit Trees

  1. Orange Orchards – various types
  2. Native Banana Plantation

Industrial Tree Crops

  1. Coffee under light forest (chestnut)

NTFPs in AgroForestry and Village Forestry

  1. ‘norloy’ bamboo shoot, medicinal NTFP etc
  2. Native tea (forest, garden)
  3. Broomgrass
  4. Yarn (benzoin – Styrax)
  5. Traditional medicine
  6. Bamboo Shoot Processing

Wet rice paddy Land development

  1.  small scale traditional weir for wet rice production

Cropping soil management

  1. Legume inter/cover cropping in upland maize fields

Aquatic resources for food and cash

  1. Fish raising in the rice field
  2. Management of Shrimp reserve
  3. Management of Fish Reserves
  4. Crispy river weed processing, marketing

Insect husbandry

  1. Beekeeping and honey production


  • List of key data on SPAs and SAA for Year 5, Phase 2 and Year 1 Phase 3
  • ABD Profiles for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017
  • ABD livelihood options from SDC