Lao People's Democratic Republic or Laos in its short form is one of Asias poorest nations. Agriculture dominates the economy. Agriculture employs most of the Laotian workforce and accounts for about half of its gross domestic product. Rice is the chief crop with sweet potatoes, vegetables, corn, and peanuts also grown in the country. Some commercial crops include coffee, sugarcane, tobacco, cotton, and tea. Copper, tin, and gypsum are mined and other mineral resources like gold and gemstones. Laos currently relies heavily on aid from the IMF and other international sources.