Empowering upland ethnic Farmers in commercial Agriculture and Responsible Investments Planning (FAIR project)

woman harvesting tea leafs

Ngot Ou Tea leafs harvesting
Photo by: Oxfam


Implemented in collaboration with CCL, this project aims to improve the livelihoods and the wellbeing of ethnic minorities in the uplands of Ngot Ou District through providing technical and financial support to tea producers by addressing their current challenges and engaging the private sector with regards to tea value chains and policy interventions, as well as promoting leadership roles amongst women in engaging with private companies and local authorities.

Project period

August 2017 to July 2018

Target Outcomes 

1: Smallholders from ethnic groups in the uplands have increased their organisational capacity and knowledge, enabling them to set up long-term tea strategy planning, to secure just control of natural resources, and to participate in fair contract farming and safe agricultural production.

2: The Ngot Ou district authority adopts land management plans that protect and secure the land tenure of smallholders (including customary land tenure), based on proper land mapping.

3: Farmers’ organisations, the private sector and local authorities are engaged in promoting the regulation and management of agrochemicals.

4: Farmers’ organisations, the private sector and local authorities are engaged in promoting and developing fair contract farming guidelines at district level.

Project main activities 

  • Providing technical support.

  • Developing strategy related to the development of cooperatives at district level.

  • Conducting market study and organising market facilitation workshops.

  • Support and training for tea processing.

  • Organise and facilitate multi-stakeholder meetings for interactive learning and sharing.

Project partners

Comité de Coopération avec le Laos (CCL)

Contributing donors

Oxfam Hong Kong