Cooking Fuel Alternative and Livelihood Development

This is a comprehensive action for rural development in Laos. It is specifically made for poverty eradication and environmental improvement.

Photo of Daophachanh Phetsayarat
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  • Yes, I'm eligible

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  • English

Organization name

Naly Agriculture Pty Ltd

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1,000 - 5,000

Organization type

  • For-profit

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos)

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

Country: Laos Provinces: Champasak, Savannakhet and Vientiane Cities: Pakxe, Savannakhet and Vientiane


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Rural Poverty is our target for addressing. Indeed, poverty in Laos is not new. However, 80% of the poverty today has been born by rural communities. As result, working age population has left home seeking opportunity elsewhere. Majority of them cross border into Thailand and many never return. Subsequently, food and agriculture become highly insufficient. We address the issue because we need young people home to toil their lands and feed the nation. If the poverty is ignored, the country will soon face major crisis.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Rural poverty is big issue but could be overcome through Comparative Advantage as Agriculture especially Rice Farming. However, conventional agriculture has failed farmers very badly even working age population has left home seeking opportunities elsewhere and younger generations no longer want to toil their fields. To make it catalyst for change and attract new generations in the land, we recast the conventional practices that make farmers poor for Chemical Free and Integrated Agriculture. These will improve income of the farmers from just about $500/hectare/harvest circle to between $10,000 and $20,000/hectare/harvest circle. On gender and environmental issues, in nutshell, we will improve these through Cooking Fuel Alternative Production. It is made of paddy husk and last over 4 hours in cooking stove. This will save up to 4 hours/day/woman from cooking choir and millions of tree from logging for fuel/year. The trees will reduce CO2 large quantity every year and improve environment.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Since January 2016, under Contract Farming Agreement (CFA), we have organized and mobilized farmers into production and trade groups. The new approach attracts 3,500 farmers and their families. This financial year they earn 20 times higher than what they used to achieve. Thanks to the Chemical Free in Agriculture that allows them to farm fish, prawn, frog etc. in water in their rice plots! In environmental issue, the chemical free agriculture not only improves biodiversity in rice field but also stops water pollution and soil contamination permanently. In addition, millions of tree have been growing in forests and biodiversity gradually recovers through its natural course because of the cooking fuel alternative. Significantly, more women look more attractive and healthier because they have more times to make up and look after themselves. Thanks to good income, good food and the cooking fuel alternative. Yet, some school leavers have stayed home and few of those previously left return.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Originally, the initiative was funded from our own pocket. This year, 30% of our budget is made of grant. The rest is met by earned income. In future; to guarantee sustainability and growth, we will principally operate the business on reinvestment and participants contributions. However, to make it easier and more realistic, a Farmer Credit Union will be established. With the institution, productions and trades will be fully funded and oiled. Nevertheless, to set up the Credit Union, up to $100,000,000 of funding might be needed. We definitely cannot establish the institution with our own resources. Therefore; a multilateral loan with low interest, long term repayment and certain grace period will be needed from international development funds including EIB, IFC, ADB, OPEC, Arab Funds etc.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Our initiative is innovative because of 3 reasons: 1. It proposes Rice Farming Revolution shown in Image 20. 2. It replaces Conventional Agriculture with Chemical Free and Integrated Agriculture Practice. 3. It offers Cooking Fuel Alternative made of paddy husk. On the other hand, our approach is different from those made by other organizations because it's much more comprehensive that addresses wide range of issues including education for children, labor migration, finance, environment etc

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

We have worked hard for years with clear vision and great confidence on the initiative. However; to our critics, it is so ambitious and will sooner rather than later reach a dramatic end. Nonetheless, we want to prove the critics wrong through level of achievement and international recognition. Unfortunately; though some degrees of achievement have been reached, the recognition is hard to come by. We cannot even seek someone or any place to share our values and ideas. Therefore, we jump up and say "YES!" when we found your venue for expression published in your website. We grasp the opportunity and share our works with no hesitation. We even post our hard works throughout the years in our Share Webpage including the Golden Field of Champasak and brand new experiment – Rice Farming Revolution. We are very happy to be part of the Change Makers you have originated regardless of the outcome.

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Attachments (4)

Images of Activities.pdf

This file describes initiatives and approaches for comprehensive solution in rural and environmental development through organic farming and agriculture alternatives such as mushroom culture. Nonetheless; livestock, fruit farming and beekeeping are also essential. It is posted here for sharing and information exchange. If you have any comment or would like to contact us regarding this very document, please send us email to OR Thanks!

Mushroom Farming.pdf

This document is catalyst for better future in rural communities in Laos. It is all about mushroom farming that could be conducted relatively easy everywhere in the country. It was made for Xiengkhouang Province, North of Laos but could be utilized in any part of the world. We post it here for sharing and information exchange. Please feel free to download for development purpose. We give terminology for mushroom farming as Agriculture Alternative because the mushroom is neither plant nor animal.

Golden Field of Champasak-English Version.pdf

The initiative is based on this very comprehensive development program. It was compiled by Daophachanh Phetsayarat (myself) in 2013 and specifically made for Champasak Province, South of Laos. However, it can be utilized and manipulated for rural development and poverty eradication in any part of the world especially countries practice rice farming and majority of their population are farmers. It is posted here for sharing and information exchange. Please feel free to use it as your guideline.

Innovation at stages(1).pdf

The innovation was brought to international stages as well as grassroots communities and target group/farmers. In addition, the document depicts how the innovation will be implemented, managed and run. It is posted here for sharing and information exchange. Please feel free to download and use it as referral should that be suitable. If you have any comment or would like to contact us regarding this very document, please email to OR


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Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

Congratulations for your relevant initiative that gonna help thousands of people to improve their life conditions.

Photo of Taokham Namtao

Thanks Mouhamadou for your kind comment on my post. Indeed, I believe that farmers and rural communities everywhere in the world have exactly the same concern - poverty. Therefore, I design the project to serve every farmer on earth. Please feel free to contact me should you have further comment or need further information about my project.

Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

You are elcome dear @Taokham Namtao. Thank you for your disponibility and for anything i'm available to exchange informations with you. Good luck.

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