Youth is a very important cross cutting issue in AFOSP-MTCP2 program, as well as within the Lao Farmer Network (LFN) because more and more young people are leaving the sector to seek more attractive jobs. LFN, a national implementing agency of the program, is helping young farmers make more income from processing of agricultural products from their farm. It visited an SME named “Meesaythip”in Bankern village, Tholakhome district, Vientiane province that produces tea from medical plants such as turmeric powder, turmeric tea and ginger tea to assess its needs for product improvement and potentials for partnership. It is now supporting improvements in production, packaging and marketing the setting up of a youth turmeric production center that will help create jobs for young people who will be trained in running the enterprise. It will also help get support from the district authorities to provide land and an old building that they can use for the center.
Ms. Theonguen Samonty, the owner of Meesaythip enterprise said that “the center will help create jobs for young people in our district. We will focus with young women who don’t have job. The project is very special for me, because they come with a very practical supports can help improving our enterprise’s weakness and develop local social economy.”