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28 Apr 2017 description

Senior officials of the four Member Countries from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam gathered at Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, during 26-27 April 2017 for the Forty-Fifth Meeting of The Joint (JC) of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to deliberate on key issues and activities of the MRC.

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • The U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) delegation from Bangkok visited WFP/USDA- supported schools in Luang Prabang province. The mission had the opportunity to witness the shift from the mid-morning snack to the lunch modality, as part of the alignment with the National School Meals Programme.

28 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Country Strategic Plan (2017-2021) has been approved by the February Executive Board. A Lao delegation, led by the Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment attended the Executive Board session, and reaffirmed their commitment to the Country Strategic Plan (CSP), which will start on 1 April 2017.

09 Mar 2017 description

CHF 128,687 was allocated from the IFRC’s DREF to respond to the humanitarian needs of households affected the floods. In all, the operation utilized CHF 125,483 or 97.5 per cent of the allocation. The unspent balance of CHF 3,204 will be returned to the DREF pot. The variance shown on the food budget line is mainly due to an increased in procurement and distribution of rice (▲ by 1,920 kg after field assessment) and the price of rice and fish (▲ by CHF 0.09 and CHF 0.07 per unit respectively due to the market cost and cost of living announced by government).

03 Mar 2017 description

Handicap International's first Mapathon, organized in partnership with CartONG, took place on February 15, 2017 at our Federation headquarters in Lyon, France.

In only 3 hours, the participants were able to map an amazing 320 km of roads and tracks and 130 populated areas (villages or hamlets) in Nong district, Laos.

01 Mar 2017 description

Imagine a country of mountainous landscapes, lush green forests and quietly flowing rivers. Imagine its people, who sport their positive attitude like a national badge. Imagine their broad smile as they appreciate the peace they have enjoyed, for the best part of 40 years.

This country exists. A country with one of the kindest people I have ever met, a country rarely making international headlines.

13 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • A donor mission from Yum! Brands Australia visited Lao PDR to visit the villages where Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) and school meals activities are supported with their contribution. The representatives met with local government officials, visited two schools, three health centres and two villages in Sekong and Savannakhet districts in the south of the country.

Operational Updates

23 Jan 2017 description

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 23 January 2017 – The Government of the Netherlands has granted USD 2.17 million to the Mekong River Commission in support of its MRC Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 including the Flood Management and Mitigation Initial Studies.

22 Dec 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2016 forecast to recover

  • Cereal exports in 2016 to increase from last year’s low level

Cereal production in 2016 forecast to recover

07 Dec 2016 description

The figures are simply mind-numbing. Over 270 million cluster bombs fell on Laos and up to 80 million did not detonate. More than half of all cluster munition casualties in the world are in Laos.

This edition of IMPACT goes beyond the numbers to the people at the heart of MAG’s work – the people who you help.

01 Dec 2016 description

VIENTIANE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has concluded a three-day visit to Lao People’s Democratic Republic, reiterating WFP’s commitment to helping the country achieve Middle Income Country (MIC) status by supporting food and nutrition security for all.

25 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • The Strategic Review of Food and Nutrition Security in Lao PDR, chaired by the Minister of Planning and Investment, was launched in October, following a yearlong process of consultations. The review complements national plans and corresponding sector strategies, helping reinforce efforts to address food insecurity and undernutrition in a comprehensive and integrated way.

25 Nov 2016 description

Description of the disaster

Heavy rains, which started pouring on 11 August 2016 and continued to 20 August 2016, have caused flooding in five provinces of Lao People’s Republic. Initially, rains affected the provinces of Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Saravan and Sayabouri on 11 to 18 August. As conditions began to improve, a week later there followed more rains fuelled by effects of Tropical Strom Dianmu, mainly affecting the province of Xiangkhouang.

16 Nov 2016 description

VIENTIANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) today signed an agreement to develop new tools for farmers to adapt to climate change in Laos.

The project will give farmers weather information to make decisions about their crops in times of fluctuating meteorological patterns, and will provide them with real-time rainfall forecasts, provided by the National Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

27 Oct 2016 description

Highlights

  • The report on the Consolidated Livelihood Exercise for Analysing Resilience, published in August, identified areas least resilient to climate change. This will assist WFP and partners to implement adaptation activities, which will help communities to recognize, capitalize and build their own resilience.

23 Sep 2016 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Heavy rains, which started pouring on 11 August 2016 and continued to 20 August 2016, have caused flooding in five provinces of Lao People’s Republic. Initially, rains affected the provinces of Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Saravan and Sayabouri on 11 to 18 August. As conditions began to improve, a week later there followed more rains fuelled by effects of Tropical Strom Dianmu, mainly affecting the province of Xiangkhouang.

13 Sep 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP joined the Ministry of Health and other UN agencies in a campaign to raise awareness on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week.

  • Partnership agreements with GIZ and Big Brother Mouse have been signed, for implementation of hygiene and literacy activities, respectively, in schools under WFP’s school meals programme.

Operational Updates