This is a long term framework for the development of the agriculture and forestry sector and it serves as a reference material for decision makers and officers at the MAF. The Agricultural Master Plan 2011-2015 was based on this strategy.
Part I discuss main development trends in the agricultural and forestry sector. Part II focuses on lessons learned and discusses policies and legal frameworks, gender issues and achievements and limitations of government policies. Part III discusses major issues, constraints and emerging trends in the sector. It states that the Government intends to address these issues with a systematic approach of risk management including an insurance scheme for most vulnerable. For example MAF will support the small-holders and local traders to meet international standards such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) for forestry products.
Part IV of the strategy gives the vision and development goals by the year 2020 and contributions of these sectors to overall national development. Part V explains measures and modalities for implementing this strategy.
The strategy specially mentions that the forest in watersheds will be preserved to ensure their integrity for sustained hydropower production. Biodiversity will be conserved for promoting eco-tourism. NTFPs will be encouraged to ensure food security and as an additional income for rural communities. Forests will also be conserved to sequester carbon and to allow Lao PDR to be involved in international forest carbon mechanisms such as REDD+. A regulatory framework is to be developed for this.