Project to help the residents in the rural areas of the Savannakhet Province to manage and use natural resources

[Original (March 7, 2019); Translated by E. Miyazaki/M. Olagoke] ◉Project areas JVCwill implement projects in two districts in the Savannakhetprovincewhich is located inthe middle south of Laos. It is adjacent to Vietnam in the east and Thailand in the west and has a population of 940,000 people. This area is experiencing overwhelming development:the Route 9, known as the “East and West Corridors” (a highway), is being built in the center of the province with Japan’s support, and a specific district for economic developmenthas been established along the Mekong River. In the Atsaphangthongdistrict,rice-paddy cultivationis actively done but plantationsarealso rapidly developing. Our project areasarelocated in the northern part of the districtalong the…

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A NEW PROJECT STARTED IN LAOS

Original by Shigeru KIMURA, Laos Project (July 12, 2018); Translated by M. Takahashi] On April 26, 2018, a signing ceremony of MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was held for the new project, which JVC has applied to the Laotian government since last year. The ceremony gave practical permission to the project. We held briefings for administrative officers in Atsaphangthong district on July 21st, and in Phine district on July 22nd, which marked the start of our activities in the fields. In the morning, we had presentations with slides for the deputy governor and agricultural chief manager of the districts. In the afternoon, we had a workshop to train the staff in…

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WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO SELECTING A VILLAGE WHERE WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS THE START OF A NEW PROJECT

[Original by Shigeru KIMURA, Laos Project (Feburuary 8, 2018); Translated by M. Takahashi/A. Senkoff] In the Laos project, a new three-year project will be launched in March to help rural people independently manage and use natural resources such as forests and rivers, which remain the bedrock of their livelihoods. Before the project will be launched, we are selecting a village which we will support. We cannot choose freely which village we will support. Instead, we have to obtain permission from each administrator with regards to each village. That is why we must carefully gather information and analyze it to select a village that has the purpose of our activities as…

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