- The Executive Director visited Lao PDR from 28 to 30 November and met with high level Government Officials, donors and the UN Country Team. The Executive Director commended the government for its leadership in localising the SDGs and its commitment to graduate to being a Middle Income Country (MIC) by focusing not only on economic growth, but human development as well. The ED also reiterated WFP’s commitment to working with the Government to achieve common national goals for the most vulnerable communities and ensure that no one is left behind for the country to achieve SDG 2 and become a Middle Income Country.
The field work for the mid-term evaluation of the McGovern-Dole funded school meals programme was conducted in Oudomxay and Saravane provinces. The mission evaluated current achievements and noted best practices for improving future programme implementation. The final report will be completed by the end of February 2017.
Preparations for a Cost of Diet study with the Ministry of Health are underway. It will involve a market survey in five provinces (Vientiane, Phongsaly, Oudomxay, Savannakhet and Sekong). This study is part of a larger nutrient gap analysis which will be conducted in 2017.
The country office has submitted a proposal for the United States Department of Agriculture McGovernDole (MGD) Program, to secure funding for school meals activities in Lao PDR over a five year period (2018-2022).
A workshop on System Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) was jointly organized by the Ministry of Education and Sports and WFP. The initiative aims to help the government identify the strengths and weaknesses of its existing school feeding programme, and develop a clear roadmap to improve it.
WFP attended an Emergency Response and Preparedness workshop organized by UN OCHA to better understand the current coordination and management arrangements regarding disaster preparedness and response. Participants agreed to revise the Inter-Agency Contingency Plan.