Farmers harvest rice in Oudomxay province, Laos on land leased by Chinese investors. Photo: Aidan Jones
Farmers harvest rice in Oudomxay province, Laos on land leased by Chinese investors. Photo: Aidan Jones

Bananas, beef and gold: China’s appetite drives ‘Made in Laos’ brand, but at what cost?

  • In 2021, Laos earned more than US$900 million from agricultural exports, with more than 80 per cent of that total going to China
  • Demand is gobbling up land as Laotian farms pivot to a Chinese market. There are fears Laos’ debt crisis is leaving it exposed to unethical investments

Farmers harvest rice in Oudomxay province, Laos on land leased by Chinese investors. Photo: Aidan Jones
Farmers harvest rice in Oudomxay province, Laos on land leased by Chinese investors. Photo: Aidan Jones
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