Though vegetables can be grown, not enough is left for the cultivation of rice, a staple food for families in the area.
Development projects Vang Vieng tourism district meet resistance from local villagers.
Many in remote areas eat only rice, though other food is readily available, Lao sources say.
Between 10 percent and 26 percent of the total cost of the project is being requested in return for bid approvals, sources say.
Chinese Banana plantations have polluted many waterways in northern provinces
Provincial governments have trouble coming up with the funds or are spending too much time on accounting procedures.
Official from South Korean-led relief organization reports on fact finding mission to affected areas.
UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston will visit Laos in March.
The men are in failing health due to harsh conditions in the facility where they are being held, a local source says.
Lump sum payments of $10,000 per person confirmed by Attapeu provincial governor
Bodies of two men recovered from Mekong River were identified by DNA.
The villager was one of a group detained for protesting the seizure of their land for use by a Vietnamese rubber company.
Rural citizens of Vientiane’s Vang Vieng district pre-emptively refuse to sell for a Chinese tourism project that might encroach on their land.
With limited options at home, young Laotians are sneaking into China's Yunnan province in search of greener pastures
One couple relocates to Thailand after compensation for their lost farm never arrives.
Workers leave Laos for higher pay and lower expenses in Thailand.
They fear displacement from their land and homes as plans proceed for a tourist zone in scenic Vang Vieng.
Three church leaders and four congregation members are released after being held for holding an 'illegal' service.
3000 victims of July dam burst at risk as rice stocks deplete in Sanamxay district.
'Laos doesn't pay in cash,' one source says as defense ties between the two countries grow.
Meanwhile, Christians living in remote areas of the country are harassed and expelled from their homes by local officials.
Government identifies and punishes countless cases of corruption, yet Laos falls in transparency index
Complaints on social media force one district to retreat from its demands for cash, sources say.
Six years have passed since the popular rural development expert and land rights advocate vanished at a police checkpoint outside Vientiane.
Political prisoners are never amnestied, as their crimes are considered more serious than other offenses, Lao sources say.
Student in capital struggles after flood condemned her once well-off family to poverty
Villagers are warned not to use water or eat fish taken from the river pending an investigation.
About 900 families in Vang Vieng district suffer in smog and dust
Survivors have not received living stipends over past two months.
The two co-owners had defrauded hundreds of Lao investors of thousands of dollars in personal savings.