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SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)

Building Income, Independence and Empowerment for Farmers (BIIE)

Last updated:2014-05-08 13:38:30

The BIIE project seeks to empower farmers to make informed decision and supports smallholder farmer groups to link with functioning markets to improve their income and livelihood opportunities.

The project builds on the successful activities of the previous ‘Enhancing Milled Rice Production in Lao PDR’ (EMRIP) project. 

EMRIP was successful in connecting a large number of smallholder rice farmers and rice millers to establish fair and equitable trading relations.  Smallholder rice farmers significantly increased their production and income from improved input and extension support from partner millers.  Around 300 farmer groups were established in six provinces during the project.  These groups require additional on-going support to improve their operational efficiency.  SNV envisages the establishment of more groups that will require capacity building support for start-up and management.

The BIIE project supports capacity building for existing and new farmer groups in Khammouane and Savannakhet provinces. Rural farmers are empowered to access information which will afford them economic leverage opportunities, and assist them to better negotiate trading conditions, resulting in increased income potential and decreased risk.

The BIIE project aims to increase income for 2,500 smallholder rice farmers by 20% by 2015.The BIIE project supports selected rice mills and farmer groups to build their capacity in the following areas: forming and strengthening producer groups and associations; gaining access to input, extension and credit; and leadership and management skills. 

The project also supports farmers, miller groups, and associations to organise policy dialogue with relevant government agencies to improve framework conditions for the rice sector in Lao PDR.The project is co-financed by the Rabobank Foundation in the Netherlands.

Project Start Date Project End Date Current Project Phase Current Phase Start Current Phase End Project Operational Budget
Jan 1st 2012 Dec 31st 2016 Jul 26th 2012 Jul 26th 2012 600000

Project Coordinator Project Partners
Frank Tolentino
+856 20 5620 8511
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Provinces and districts of project activity:

Provinces Districts
Khammouane Province - Mahaxay - Nongbok - Thakhek - Xaybuathong - Xebangfay
Savannakhet Province - Xaybuly

Sectors and sub-sectors of project activity:

Sectors Sub-sectors
Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Agricultural Training - Food Crop Production - Food Security
Community Development - Rural Community Development
Data Collection & Analysis - Agricultural DC&A
Human Resources Development - Capacity Building
Income Generation & Economic Development - Income Generation Activity - Micro Finance - Savings & Credit - Small & Medium Business Development

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