The Agrobiodiversity Initiative (TABI) in Laos (SDC)

The TABI project aims at leveraging the country’s rich agro-biodiversity into a mechanism that realizes development goals without jeopardizing future capacity to do the same. The course of action is based on the assumption that the concept and practice of agro-biodiversity can play an important role in supporting farmers to respond and adjust to the rapidly changing contexts.

The AgroBiodiversity Initiative (TABI) is financed by the Suisse Development Cooperaiton (SDC). The project seeks to conserve, enhance, manage and sustainably utilize the biological diversity found in farming landscapes in order to improve the livelihoods (being food, income and materials for use) of upland farming families in Laos. The focus is on promoting viable livelihood options from indigenous crops and species and protect production areas through participatory land use planning. 

The process is an innovate one which puts the farmers in the centre, basing the land use zoning upon current land use practices, seeking a zoning approach which enables sustainable management of land and strengthened ownership of the plans and also piloting community land tenure of community manages areas. This process provides a transparent and democratic way for local communities to control the development in their area.