WFP Lao PDR Country Brief, November 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

986 metric tons of food assistance distributed

WFP’s operations in Lao PDR are fully funded until May 2019 thanks to the generous support of WFP’s donors

300,764 people assisted

US$ 61,700 in cash distributed

Operational Updates

  • WFP continues to support the Government’s response to widespread floods throughout the country.

  • The Humanitarian Country Team received US$ 3.5 million from the UN Central Emergency

Response Fund (CERF) to support the six hardest-hit districts in Khammouane province. WFP will manage a US$1.7 million CERF allocation and has begun a cash distribution program to cover food assistance needs for a six-month period.

  • The first round of cash distribution was completed on November 30, reaching 2,395 recipients / 719 households in Nongbok District.
    The unconditional cash transfers will continue in December in the districts of Hinboon and Nhammalath to reach a total of 32,000 recipients / 6,300 households.

  • Shipments of rice donated by the Republic of Korea on behalf of the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve arrived at the WFP warehouse in Vientiane. WFP is providing logistical support to the Government of Lao PDR for the shipment of 1000 metric tons of rice to affected villagers in Attapeu Province.

  • Three metric tons of supplemental nutritious foods have been provided to pregnant and lactating women and children under five in 13 flood affected villages. The activity will grow to include 19 total villages.

  • Two weaving centres were built in Nalae District, Luangnamtha Province, as part of a Food for Assets program to support income generating activities for women.