Wake up, smell the coffee and play the game

Delving deeper

This is a selection of the background information that has provided the scientific basis for Wake up – The Lao Coffee Game. The documents provide a valuable entry point for students interested in delving deeper into the topic. The information listed below includes publications from our own research as well as further sources that we find insightful.


Bader, C., Bieri, S., Wiesmann, U. & Heinimann, A. (2017). Is Economic Growth Increasing Disparities? A Multidimensional Analysis of Poverty in the Lao PDR between 2003 and 2013, The Journal of Development Studies, 53:12, p. 2067-2085.

Douangphachanh, M. (2021). Strengthening Smallholder Coffee Farmers' Capacities on Marketing Information (Coffee Price and Production) through Social Media in the Bolaven Plateau Southern Laos. Feminization, Agricultural Transition and Rural Employment, 25 Feb. 2021.

Douangphachanh, M., Idrus, R., Phommavong, S., Jaquet, S. (2021). Agricultural Transitions and Women’s Decision-Making Power in Coffee-Farming Households in Lao PDR. JATI-Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 26:1, p. 49-71.

FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. (2018). Country Gender Assessment of Agriculture and the Rural Sector in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Vientiane: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Galindo, J. and Sallée, B. (2007). Participative Analysis of Coffee Supply Chain in Lao PDR. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Programme of Capitalisation in Support of Rural Development Policy (PCADR).

Hett, C., Nanhthavong, V., Hanephom, S., Phommachanh, A., Sidavong, B., Phouangphet, K., Lu, J., Shattuck, A., Ingalls, M., Bernhard, R., Phathitmixay, S., Phomphakdy, C., Heinimann, A., Epprecht M. (2020). Land Leases and Concessions in the Lao PDR. A Characterization of Investments in Land and Their Impacts. Based on Field Data of 2014 - 2017. Bern: Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland.

Ingalls, M., Diepart, J.-C., Truong, N, Hayward, D., Neil, T., Phomphakdy, C., Bernhard, R., Fogarizzu, S., Epprecht, M., Nanhthavong, V., Vo, D. H., Nguyen, D., Nguyen, P. A., Saphangthong, T., Inthavong, C., Hett, C., Tagliarino, N. (eds.) (2018). State of Land in the Mekong Region. Bern, Switzerland and Vientiane, Lao PDR: Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, and Mekong Region Land Governance, with Bern Open Publishing.

International Coffee Organization. (2020). Coffee Development Report (2020). The value of coffee – Sustainability, Inclusiveness and Resilience of the Coffee Global Value Chain.

Mehrotra, R., Nolintha, V. and Sayavong, V. (2019). Abnormal Pricing in International Commodity Trade: Evidence from Lao P.D.R. R4D-IFF-WP02-2019. R4D-IFF Working Paper Series.

Mehrotra, R., Nolintha, V. and Sayavong, V. (2020). Commodity Trade Mispricing: Evidence from Lao P.D.R. Curbing Illicit Financial Flows from Resource-rich Developing Countries: Improving Natural Resource Governance to Finance the SDGs. 

Minoo, A. (2017), Why Do Farmers Not Choose Fair Trade Cooperatives?: A Consideration Based on the Livelihood Strategy of Coffee Farmers in Lao PDR. Human Organization, 76:2, p. 131-40.

Nanhthavong, V., Oberlack, C., Hett, C., Messerli, P. and Epprecht, M. (2021). Pathways to Human Well-Being in the Context of Land Acquisitions in Lao PDR. Global Environmental Change, 68.

Phommavong, S., Douangphachanh, M. and Svengsucksa, K. (2019). Coffee Commercialization in the Bolaven Plateau in the Southern of Lao PDR. In: Coffee, edited by Dalyse Castanheira and Tiago Rezende, p. 1-19.

Seneduangdeth, D., Ounmany, K., Phommayong, S., Phouxav, K., Hathalong, K. (2018). Labor Employment Opportunities in Coffee Production in Southern Lao People’s Democratic Republic. J. Asian Rur. Stud. 1:2, p. 16-36.

World Bank. (2020). From Landlocked to Land-Linked: Unlocking the Potential of Lao-China Rail Connectivity. World Bank, Vientiane.