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25 May 2016 description

Food Security Snapshot - Dry weather affects start of 2016 main rice season - Cereal production decreased in 2015 due to dry weather - Cereal exports in 2016 forecast to increase from last year’s high level

Dry weather affects start of 2016 main rice season

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • A delegation from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) visited WFP-supported schools in the Northern Province of Oudomxay.
    The mission reviewed the progress made through the WFP school meals programme, funded by the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program.
29 Apr 2016 description

Vientiane, 29 April 2016– The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic signed an agreement yesterday to finance and implement a project that will reduce extreme poverty and malnutrition for 34,000 poor rural households in northern Laos.

28 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • In March, WFP Laos provided meals to 146,969 schoolchildren, and assisted 18,896 women and children with supplementary feeding.

  • WFP Laos facilitated an assessment mission from the WFP Brazil Centre of Excellence against hunger to identify potential needs to provide technical assistance to the national school meals programme.

WFP Assistance

21 Apr 2016 description
report IRIN

By Sebastian Strangio

The United States is set to boost funding for the removal of cluster bombs and other unexploded ordnance in Laos, the fatal legacies of its “secret war” during the 1960s and 1970s.

29 Mar 2016 description

Lao People's Democratic Republic - Climate-related disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity across the globe. In Laos, flooding severely affected 12 provinces in 2013, resulting in 25 deaths, impacting over 350,000 people and causing millions of dollars in damages.

15 Mar 2016 description

2015 was a year of significant progress and innovation for Lao PDR’s UXO sector, thanks to a new evidence-based survey method.

The UXO Sector, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), adopted a new, evidence-based UXO survey approach in 2015, which has resulted in a considerable increase in the number of cluster munitions cleared per hectare of land; from fewer than 7 UXO per hectare in 2014 to more than 22 UXO per hectare in 2015.

16 Feb 2016 description

Country Strategy

WFP’s goal for Lao PDR is the eradication of malnutrition and undernourishment, improving overall health, wellbeing and development. A key area of engagement is the reduction and prevention of stunting and malnutrition related anaemia. Other areas include food waste management, resourceful handling of food and addressing the underlying causes of existing micronutrient deficiencies.

15 Feb 2016 description

NO AFFECTED AREAS OR DAMAGE DETECTED
The preliminary results provided in this maps are based on an exploratory analysis aiming at detecting vegetation stress indicators. So far, the adopted approach was unable to ascertain significant damage.

15 Feb 2016 description

NO AFFECTED AREAS OR DAMAGE DETECTED
The preliminary results provided in this maps are based on an exploratory analysis aiming at detecting vegetation stress indicators. So far, the adopted approach was unable to ascertain significant damage.

15 Feb 2016 description

NO AFFECTED AREAS OR DAMAGE DETECTED
The preliminary results provided in this maps are based on an exploratory analysis aiming at detecting vegetation stress indicators. So far, the adopted approach was unable to ascertain significant damage.

10 Feb 2016 description

Map Information
A severe cold spell that hit Laos over the last few days has taken its toll on the northern region with more than 4000 livestock killed and a wide area of crops damaged. Preliminary data show that more than 400 hectares of crops and herbal plants were covered by snow and a large area of fruit trees were affected. It is also predicted that thousands of hectares of crops, herbal plants and fruit trees will suffer from the cold weather.

09 Feb 2016 description

Map Information
A severe cold spell that hit Laos over the last few days has taken its toll on the northern region with more than 4000 livestock killed and a wide area of crops damaged. Preliminary data show that more than 400 hectares of crops and herbal plants were covered by snow and a large area of fruit trees were affected. It is also predicted that thousands of hectares of crops, herbal plants and fruit trees will suffer from the cold weather.

09 Feb 2016 description

Map Information
A severe cold spell that hit Laos over the last few days has taken its toll on the northern region with more than 4000 livestock killed and a wide area of crops damaged. Preliminary data show that more than 400 hectares of crops and herbal plants were covered by snow and a large area of fruit trees were affected. It is also predicted that thousands of hectares of crops, herbal plants and fruit trees will suffer from the cold weather.

05 Feb 2016 description

A cold wave affected mountainous areas of Lao PDR and of the North and Central parts of Vietnam, between 24 and 26 January, killing thousands of cattle. Assessments are on-going to determine the extent of the damage on crops and its humanitarian impact on vulnerable farmers in the most affected areas.

06 Jan 2016 description

Two climate change projects aim to encourage climate change adaptation in water resources and small scale rural infrastructure and disaster risk management.

04 Jan 2016 description

People in rural Laos still risk their lives to fetch water for themselves and their crops. The ICRC is working hard to improve the situation.

19 Dec 2015 description

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 18 December 2015 —The French government today committed 1 million euro to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to strengthen its Mekong hydro-meteorological network, a near-real time river monitoring system for flood and draught forecasting.

10 Dec 2015 description
report Oxfam

The District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) Hom & DDMC Kasi are two local public organizations responsible for disaster management in Laos. The Lao agriculture and cattle breeding industries are extremely sensitive to natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and hurricanes. The DDMC’s role is to diminish risks related to natural disasters. The National Bureau for Catastrophe Management is the national authority that, in case of national disasters, coordinates relief measures.

27 Nov 2015 description
report Guardian

Extreme weather risks the food security of thousands of Lao villages. At the COP 21 talks, will rich countries honour their pledge of $100bn a year by 2020 to help?

Namai village in remote, mountainous central Laos has seen immense change in just 20 years. Its isolation only ended when a road was pushed up the valley in 2003, and electricity came several years later.

Read the full report