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This article examines the affordability of irrigation under irrigation reform schemes in rural Laos through a regression analysis of factors affecting the affordability under a scheme in Savannakhet Province. The ability to afford irrigation is influenced by seasonal conditions; social factors, especially the education level of the household head; market factors, especially the paddy price; and the size of landholding. Government should promote policies to increase the level of education in rural areas, improve the operation of the paddy market, and find ways to improve productivity to offset the declining availability of land.



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