Policy Research Planning Workshop on Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development

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“Today’s meeting is a crucial event to identify policy research topics to support NAFRI’s role to improve agricultural and forestry production, contributing to agricultural commercialization and food value chain expansion,” said Dr. Chanthakhone Boualaphanh, Director General of National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) at the first policy research planning workshop under Policy Think Tank (PTT) in Laos.

Dr Chanthakhone Boualaphanh, NAFRI’s DG chaired the event together with Dr Mark Dubois, IWMI’s Country Representative in Lao PDR. Photo credit: IWMI Laos

The workshop is part of the Community of Policy Practice (CoPP) efforts, focusing on food, land, and water domains under CGIAR Initiative on National Policy and Strategies (NPS).

All 13 NAFRI research centers are at the event to present their plan and policy research needs for PTT and develop their research agenda. Other participants include other departments within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, different ministries, and development partners. These participants had pre-bilateral consultations with the PTT team to discuss the subject further.

The event’s input will be used to develop NAFRI’s upcoming five-year strategy, 2026- 2030.


Souphalack Inphonephong, National Researcher – Social-Political Scientist, IWMI

This work is part of the CGIAR Research Initiative on National Policies and Strategies (NPS). CGIAR launched NPS with national and international partners to build policy coherence, respond to policy demands and crises, and integrate policy tools at national and subnational levels in countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. CGIAR centers participating in NPS are The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (Alliance Bioversity-CIAT), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Potato Center (CIP), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and WorldFish. We would like to thank all funders who supported this research through their contributions to the CGIAR Trust Fund 

Photo credit: IWMI Laos

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