Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Agriculture Infrastructure Project


Project 44138-022
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Type Loan
Sector Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development
Country Lao PDR
Start 2013
End 2023
Status Ongoing
Last Edited 05 Jul 2021


US$('000) 60,600

Project Description

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) East West Economic Corridor (EWEC) provides a conduit for Lao agricultural surpluses to reach the neighboring countries of Thailand and Vietnam and even beyond. There is essentially unlimited demand from these countries for Lao agricultural and rural produce. Better agriculture infrastructure will enable more diversity and value addition to agricultural produce from the target provinces. This will expand sustainable livelihoods opportunities. The Project aims to regenerate and upgrade existing but underdeveloped or outdated agriculture infrastructures in the two target provinces over a period of eight years. The proposed project is consistent with the government's sector development objectives as presented in its Seventh National Socio-Economic Development Plan (2011-2015), Strategy for Agricultural Development to 2020, Agricultural Master Plan 2011-2015, which promotes the expansion of market-oriented agricultural production in an environmentally sensitive manner. It will be a key component in the Government's new Southern Rural Development Program (SRDP), which is currently under formulation with the support of IFAD. The design draws upon the experience of recent rural development initiatives that ADB has financed as well as rural development initiatives financed by the World Bank - Poverty Reduction Fund, and by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) - Participatory Irrigated Agriculture Development Project (PIADP).

Progress (as of March 2021)


Contact 1
Contact Name Khamtanh Chanthy
Organization Asian Development Bank
Contact 2
Contact Name -
Organization -
Email -

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  • Average annual household income in the subproject areas increases to KN24 million (baseline KN11 million in 2013).
  • Annual rice yield increases from 3.0 tons/ha to 4.5 tons/ha and intensity of rice cultivations rises from 140% to 180% in 2013; and about 72,000 people have access to improved agriculture infrastructure.