WFP Lao PDR Country Brief, May 2016

Situation Report
Originally published



  • 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

  • As part of the government’s sectorial plan to provide lunch in all schools, WFP is preparing 247 schools in the Northern provinces of Luang Namtha and Oudomxay, to transition from snack to lunch in the first semester of the upcoming school year, starting in September 2016. In May, WFP commenced to provide training to these communities on how to establish and maintain the vegetable gardens. Training will continue throughout the summer, to ensure schools are ready by September.

  • The Country Office is rolling out a feedback mechanism (hotline) in all seven provinces where WFP works. The feedback mechanism consists of hotlines monitored by the field offices, which the communities can call to provide feedback or complaints about WFP programme. As part of the roll-out, the monitoring assistants are visiting all the villages to reinforce messages about WFP’s programmes, explaining how the feedback mechanism works, putting up posters and handing out cards with the phone number, and encouraging communities to use the hotline.