Building capacity for weed management in the Lao PDR

Deirdre Lemerle, John Burley, Sarah Hain, Brendan Bangma, Nicholas Pain, Sengphet Phantavong, Kylie Ireland, Madeline Healey, Lester Burgess

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Weed control in crops, mainly hand-weeding and hoeing, has traditionally been managed by women on small-holder farms. This is unsustainable due to labour scarcity, and this limits the adoption of productive systems in the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (PDR). Herbicides are available but knowl-edge on careful and effective chemical use is virtually non-existent. In addition, policies on the effective use of herbicides are needed to minimise environmental and health risks. For these reasons there is a need to build capacity in weed management and integrate non-chemical practices with new herbicidal options as they become available.The Crawford Fund has made a significant contribution to capacity-building in crop pest and disease management, and the aim is to extend this to weed management. Australian Government volunteers have worked in this program at specific locations with farmers and local government advisers and with support from key mentors. This paper recommends the key priorities for increasing capacity in weed management practices and policies. Furthermore, feed-back from volunteers provides guidance on ways to improve the professional and personal outcomes of the volunteering experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication21st Australasian Weeds Conference (2018)
Subtitle of host publicationWeed Biosecurity - Protecting our Future
EditorsStephen Johnson, Leslie Weston, Hanwen Wu, Bruce Auld
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherWeed Society of NSW
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780995415911
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event21st Australasian Weeds Conference 2018: Weed biosecurity - Protecting our future - Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, Manly, Australia
Duration: 09 Sep 201813 Sep 2018 (conference proceedings) (conference program)


Conference21st Australasian Weeds Conference 2018
OtherThe Weed Society of New South Wales Inc., on behalf of the Council of Australasian Weed Societies Inc., will be hosting the 21st Australasian Weeds Conference in the popular Sydney beach side suburb of Manly from 9 - 12 September 2018.  An assortment of field trips will be hosted on Thursday 13 September 2018.

This biennial conference carries on a long tradition of bringing the weed management community together to discuss new developments and share information about cutting-edge and best weed management practices.

The conference attracts over 250 delegates from across Australasia and globally.  Delegates will come together to network with peers, engage with industry sponsors, listen and participate in presentations and field trips on a variety of topics including; 
- New technologies in weed management.
- Biological, mechanical, and chemical weed control and research.
- Herbicide resistance.
- Weeds of crops and pastures.
- Environmental weeds and Weeds of National Significance.
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