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18 Aug 2016 description

Since being accredited as a demining operator in 2006, Handicap International has cleared more than 25,000 unexploded ordnances (UXO) in Laos, the most heavily bombed country, per capita, on earth. Leonard Kaminski, the New Zealand-born chief of operations for Handicap International’s demining program in Laos, answers questions about Laos' UXO problem and the organization’s efforts to clear these weapons.

What is the general situation of UXO pollution in Laos?

18 Aug 2016 description

1. HIGHLIGHTS

  • Continous rain has triggered flood and flashflood in several areas in Xayabuly, Oudomxay and Luangprabang Provinces.

  • As of August 12th, 4,977 people in 22 villages in Xayabuly and Luangprabang were reportedly affected. In Oudomxay, the assessment is ongoing.

  • Cost of damage in Xayabuly Province is estimated to be USD 50,000.

  • Form 1 has been submitted by the Social Welfare Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to the AHA Centre.

17 Aug 2016 description

Highlights

  • The country office is establishing call centres for the collection of distribution data, as part of the new Monitoring and Evaluation strategy.

  • WFP is discussing a new partnership with the Lao Statistics Bureau for the establishment of a national food security monitoring system.

  • WFP and the Ministry of Education and Sports have initiated discussions on a hand-over strategy of the school meals programme by 2022.

Operational Updates

15 Aug 2016 description

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 11 August 2016–The Swiss government, through its Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), has granted more than US$7 million to the Mekong River Commission to implement its overall work, which covers areas such as climate change and adaptation, flood and drought management; and sustainable hydropower.

The financial agreement was signed by Tim Enderlin, SDC’s Director of Cooperation Laos and the Mekong Region, and Pham Tuan Phan, Chief Executive Officer of the MRC Secretariat, at a ceremony in Vientiane.

26 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP is preparing 247 schools to transition to the lunch modality by September. This is in line with the Government’s policy on school lunch.

  • A Field Level Agreement with Plan International was signed, and will focus on the implementation of literacy activities in some of the schools supported by WFP’s school meals programme.

  • WFP and FAO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration in food security, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and climate-change adaptation.

23 Jun 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific visited Lao PDR to attend the stakeholder consultation for the independent, country-wide Strategic Review on Food and Nutrition Security.

  • A feedback mechanism (hotline) is being rolled out in all provinces where WFP works, to improve accountability to the populations we serve through our programmes.

Operational Updates

21 Jun 2016 description
report Voice of America

By Daniel De Carteret

XIENG KHOUANG, LAOS— The lush green landscape of Laos’ northeastern Xieng Khouang province masks what almost a decade of conflict left behind. Millions of cluster munitions, known in Laos as “bombies,” are scattered among the rice fields and mountains, many buried deep below the surface.

14 Jun 2016 description

What is the CBDRR Manual?

The CBDRR Manual is a practical ‘how-to’ guide on community-based disaster risk reduction for government and non-government agencies in Lao PDR. It is a commonly agreed document to be referred to by agencies working on CBDRR in Lao PDR. It provides guidance and support for systematic implementation of CBDRR programs by explaining each of the steps as well as tools used.

10 Jun 2016 description

As part of the South-South Cooperation Exchange Program (Phase II Stage II) and with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a group of six participants from UXO Lao have arrived to start a program of onthe-job training in operational management with their CMAC counterparts.
They will spend eleven days in Cambodia from 6-17 June 2016 under CMAC coordination.

27 May 2016 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam has been supporting local partner projects in Laos since the 1980s. Laotian agriculture and cattle breeding are extremely sensitive to natural disasters and disaster management is crucial to sustainable livelihoods.

In December 2014, along with three other partner organisations, Oxfam began implementing a project to help strengthen disaster and risk reduction strategies in Vientiane province. We aimed to increase the capacity of schools, villages, and districts to reduce risks and respond to disasters as well as to help build a culture of safety and resilience.

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.