Micro Contracting and the Smallholder Poultry Supply Chain in Lao PDR

Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 36)


The population of Lao PDR remains a predominately rural population and engaged in subsistence agriculture. For this reason, livestock generally and poultry in particular can be instrumental to sustaining and improving livelihoods. However, these livelihood potentials are far from being realized, because a myriad of market access challenges and information/incentive failures deter participation and undermine value creation across low income supply chains. These include, but are not limited to, transport costs, search costs, the nature of sales (often in times of emergency), information asymmetries, and agency problems that undermine investment incentives and reduce the likelihood of smallholders effective market participation.


Supply Chain Price Discount Poultry Product Flock Size Intermediary Agent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsRomeItaly

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