Lao PDR

WFP Lao PDR Country Brief, February 2020

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In Numbers

US$ 1.34 million six-month (Mar – Aug 2020) net funding requirements

476.98 mt of food distributed

93,437 people assisted

Operational Updates

• WFP signed field-level agreements with the local literacy NGO, Big Brother Mouse, and Plan International to roll out reading promotion activities in Luangnamtha, Phongsaly and Saravan Provinces.

• In a new cooperation with WFP, the Centre of Environmental Health and Water Supply (locally known as Nam Saat) completed a preliminary assessment of water needs in Attapeu, Xekong and Saravan Provinces.
This will be followed by the design and construction/rehabilitation of boreholes and gravityfed water systems for WFP-supported schools and villages without sufficient water supply.

• Under the French-supported nutrition project, WFP constructed irrigation systems in three villages in Ngommalath District, Khammoune Province, with 3.5 km of canals which can irrigate 76 ha, benefitting 103 households with food production all year. Two of the villages have already begun using the irrigation systems for this dry season, making up for the lost harvest last year due to the floods.

• Following the completion of the farmer nutrition school modules in Ngommalath, WFP disbursed garden/livestock grants to 435 households. The grants will help beneficiaries implement their household nutrition plans to ensure nutritious crops in their gardens and an increase in protein consumption through small animal raising.

• Also in Ngommalath, WFP set up village loudspeakers in six target villages with training for the village chiefs and village health volunteers through a partnership with Health Poverty Action. Nutrition messages are now being distributed twice a day.

• In partnership with the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction for promoting climate-smart villages and agriculture, WFP ran an inception workshop in Vientiane and a scoping mission in Phongsaly Province to identify target villages and potential activities. The target villages will serve as learning sites for testing and scaling climate-smart and resilient practices, while also supporting community-driven school feeding. These climate-smart practices include developing weather pattern boards to raise awareness on how the changing climate impacts agriculture.

• WFP organized a training on utilization of hermetic bags for grain storage to the staff of the Pakse field office which they will be able to apply in 40 rice bank Operational Updates • WFP signed field-level agreements with the local literacy NGO, Big Brother Mouse, and Plan International to roll out reading promotion activities in Luangnamtha, Phongsaly and Saravan Provinces.

• In a new cooperation with WFP, the Centre of Environmental Health and Water Supply (locally known as Nam Saat) completed a preliminary assessment of water needs in Attapeu, Xekong and Saravan Provinces.
This will be followed by the design and construction/rehabilitation of boreholes and gravityfed water systems for WFP-supported schools and villages without sufficient water supply.

• Under the French-supported nutrition project, WFP constructed irrigation systems in three villages in Ngommalath District, Khammoune Province, with 3.5 km of canals which can irrigate 76 ha, benefitting 103 households with food production all year. Two of the villages have already begun using the irrigation systems for this dry season, making up for the lost harvest last year due to the floods.

• Following the completion of the farmer nutrition school modules in Ngommalath, WFP disbursed garden/livestock grants to 435 households. The grants will help beneficiaries implement their household nutrition plans to ensure nutritious crops in their gardens and an increase in protein consumption through small animal raising.

• Also in Ngommalath, WFP set up village loudspeakers in six target villages with training for the village chiefs and village health volunteers through a partnership with Health Poverty Action. Nutrition messages are now being distributed twice a day.

• In partnership with the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction for promoting climate-smart villages and agriculture, WFP ran an inception workshop in Vientiane and a scoping mission in Phongsaly Province to identify target villages and potential activities. The target villages will serve as learning sites for testing and scaling climate-smart and resilient practices, while also supporting community-driven school feeding. These climate-smart practices include developing weather pattern boards to raise awareness on how the changing climate impacts agriculture.

• WFP organized a training on utilization of hermetic bags for grain storage to the staff of the Pakse field office which they will be able to apply in 40 rice bank communities in the southern districts of Sanamxai and Kaleum in Attapeu Province. These hermetic bags can help to conserve the quality of paddy rice.

• WFP held provincial Country Strategic Plan (CSP) annual review workshops in Phongsaly, Attapeu,
Xekong and Saravan provinces to review achievements in 2019 and to plan for the year ahead.

• WFP and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) teams in Lao PDR hosted a mid-term review mission for the Agriculture for Nutrition project. The final report is scheduled to be finalized in March.