WFP Lao PDR Country Brief, March 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • 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.

  • Following the approval of the Country Strategic Plan (2017-2021) by the WFP Executive Board in February, WFP is currently discussing the Memorandum of Understanding, which will be signed between the Ministry of Planning and Investment, representing the Government of Lao PDR, and WFP.

Operational Updates

  • Cash-based transfer (CBT) training sessions were conducted for 240 members of the Village Education Development Committees, with support from already trained provincial and district education and sports staff. The training focused on basic CBT principles, process flow, book-keeping, and solving potential operational problems. The first cash transfers will start in April 2017.

  • After 11 months of implementation of the joint Ministry of Agriculture/IFAD/WFP Agriculture for Nutrition project, a mission took place to assess the progress of the four interventions: i) production of nutritionally-rich plant-based foods; ii) production and promotion of animal based protein for household consumption; iii) improved post-harvest handling and food processing; and iv) promotion of income generating activities. With a total budget of USD 30 million, the project is funded by the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, and will contribute to reduce extreme poverty and malnutrition in the most vulnerable communities in 400 villages of 12 districts in four Northern provinces: Oudomxay, Phongsaly, Xieng Khouang and Houaphan.

  • A workshop on “Advancing Cleaner Cooking Solutions for Healthier and More Efficient Households” was jointly organised by the World Bank and WFP. The objective of the event was to create a policy dialogue, increase understanding, and encourage the advancement of cleaner cook stove solutions among Government counterparts, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector.