8.30 - 8.45 Opening key note by Dr. Leeber Leebouapao of NERI, Lao PDR

8.45 – 9.00 Development Partner Introduction - Martin Hasler from SDC

9.00 – 9.10 Ice-breaker by Brian Garcia

9.10 – 9.35 MRLG update by Kate Rickersey

9.35 – 10.20 MRLG Q&A - refer to notes

10.20 – 10.30 Group Photo

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee

11.00 – 12.00 Regional L&A activity Presentations

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 13.45 M-LIKE and Knowledge Products presentation by Christian Castellanet

Reports by University of Sydney

13.45 – 14.15 IF Gallery Walk
Poster previews available on Workshop Resource page. For printable copies, please contact Brian Garcia or Somsack Souvannalath.

14.15 – 14.30 Introduction to the group work

14.30 – 16.15 Thematic Group Work Action Planning and Coordination

16.15 – 16.45 Present back to Plenary
Private Sector Engagement
  • A major problem is the diversity of investment so one idea is to limit engagement to one sector within agriculture – for instance, tree plantations, sugar and bananas
  • Use the data from Open Development Mekong to identify what companies are more willing/open to being approached and engaged
  • This data could also be channeled to the government so they know who to work with
  • Potential partners include VFI, RECOFT, EARTH SYSTEMS Lao, Oxfam, NGO forum, and Nature from Vietnam

Customary Tenure
  • Perhaps it would be helpful to have more representation of grassroots communities/farmers
  • Engage with farmer organizations is important, but easier in some places than others
    • Difficult to know which groups actually represent the famers we want to help
  • Doing a study tour to show best practices was suggested but is expensive
  • Documenting best examples of customary land tenure and share that information would be useful (for example, the landmark project – something simple and clear)
  • Use ASEAN integration as an opportunity to compare the situation in CMLV with other countries in Asia

Large-Scale Land Acquisition
  • What policy makers and ministries to include? A list was developed
  • Take small steps and build trust with policy makers
  • Make sure research produced in the region is valuable by making clear the use and user (produced by whom for whom for what purpose)

End of Day 1