This case study is one in a series exploring how biotrade (often taken to be the trade in products certified as organic) can become aligned with the principles of BioTrade as elaborated by UNCTAD. It was conducted on March 2023.

This case study on tea in Phongsaly province, Lao PDR explores the first four BioTrade principles from the perspective of producers and the promotion of biodiversity. The findings are based on field interviews conducted with Phongsaly tea producers; discussions with Helvetas staff of the RBT II and PHOLIN projects, tea factory owners and traders, ornithological expert Dr Thananh, and a representative of the company Cha-Do as well as a review of relevant literature