Impact of rubber concession on rural livelihood in champasack province, Lao PDR

Daovinh Souphonphacdy, Mitsuyasu Yabe, Goshi Sato

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Investment in mbber involves considerable areas of land concession. Some state-owned concession areas that were formerly used by local people have been converted by the state for rubber production. Land concession affects the socioeconomic condition of the local community in terms of shortages of agricultural land, collection of non-timber forest products, limitations on the areas used for livestock, and biodiversity loss. The aims of this study were: to evaluate the level of job satisfaction in local community residents on their becoming laborers in a rubber company; to compare socioeconomic profit from major mbber- and non-rubber-related activities by focusing on rice production and mbber worker activities; and to estimate the factors that affect mbber worker income levels and rice farmer profits. The main methodology involved application of comparative analysis between the incomes of mbber workers and rice farmers, using socioeconomic characteristics to compare the two groups' respondents through descriptive analysis and an ordinary least squares regression model. The study was based on data collected through a survey of 158 farmers carried out in the Bachiang district, Champasack province, in the southern area of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in September 2010. Based on these findings, we can conclude that rice production is the traditional activity of farmers and is more beneficial to them than being a worker in mbber concession areas. Although rubber concession is being promoted by the government, these individuals are more satisfied with farming activity than being mbber workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-344
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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