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Enhancing Milled Rice Production in Vilabouly (EMRIP-V)

Last updated:2014-05-08 14:18:10

The "Enhancing Milled Rice Production" Project in Vilabouly (EMRIP-V) builds upon long working experience of SNV Laos in the rice value chain. The project is funded by MMG Lane Xang Minerals Ltd. The mining operation and its subsidiaries workers require over 300 tons of rice annually. Currently this rice is bought from other areas of Laos or abroad. This does not contribute to the local economy, although the area surrounding Sepon mine has the potential to produce this amount of rice. We aim to realize this potential and expect to build the capacity of smallholder farmers, rice millers and the rice traders to reach the production and supply of 300 tons of locally produced good quality milled rice by the end of the project.

EMRIP-V works with more than 500 smallholder households in Vilabouly District, Savannakhet Province. The district has has a population of about 30,000 people and is one of the poorest districts in Laos. Currently, the farmers use very old generations of traditional varieties of rice seeds. The rice is normally hard with a high percentage of broken grains and mixed varieties. Rice is grown for self-consumption with old-fashioned methods. EMRIP-V encourages marked-oriented rice production and market based solutions to address key constraints in the rice value chain. For example by promoting the use of high yield variety of fresh rice seed and improved production methods.

Our partner from MMG looks back on the first year in the following video (click CC for English subtitles):


The main intervention point of EMRIP-V is the local “Rice Business Group”, which is already supplying rice to the mining operation from outside the district, and selected local rice mills. The millers are in the village with close proximity to small-holder farmers, and could potentially benefit by linking them to the market. Both the Rice Business Group and the millers have the greatest leverage in the rice value chain to unlock the potential of the rice sector, remove the systemic constraints and increase productivity in Vilabouly district. The millers are in the village with close proximity to small-holder farmers, and could potentially benefit by linking them to the market.EMRIP-V in Vilabouly consists of the following four key components:

  1. Inclusive supply chain development
    Developing an equitable partnership between local buyers, rice mills and farmers to ensure a sustainable supply chain of good quality rice.
  2. Mill operation and management capacity building
    Mill operation technical training and tailor made management training embedded with business counselling will contribute to production of 300 tons of good quality milled rice by the end of the project.
  3. Improved access to market for good quality rice
    Building capacity of rice traders and the millers in continuously improving and maintaining rice quality standard of LXML/MMG will contribute in expanding this market. Rice traders and the millers will also receive support in creating positive image of local rice through appropriate promotional strategy.
  4. Access to finance for millers and farmers
    Additional investment in milling facilities and working capital is a must to improve rice processing and to support farmers to increase rice quality. The project will facilitate the chain actors to get access to credit from Nayobai Bank and other financial institutions.

Project Start Date Project End Date Current Project Phase Current Phase Start Current Phase End Project Operational Budget
Apr 30th 2013 Apr 30th 2016 May 8th 2014 May 8th 2014 331600

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

Provinces Districts
Savannakhet Province - Vilabuly

Sectors and sub-sectors of project activity:

Sectors Sub-sectors
Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Agricultural Training - Food Crop Production - Food Security
Community Development - Community Development Training - 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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