December 2, 2023

Rome, 15 February 2023: The Worldwide Fund for Agricultural Growth (IFAD) and the Federal government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic now signed an agreement for a nutrition-sensitive agriculture task to deal with food stuff insecurity and malnutrition between the rural inadequate. The task will specially target on susceptible teams this kind of as gals, young people and folks with disabilities.

The Agriculture for Diet — Phase II (AFN II) task builds on the success and lessons uncovered from the initially section (AFN I 2016-2022). In unique, AFN I confirmed that sustainable climate-resilient agriculture practices, complemented by making sturdy group-based companies that work for their associates, could direct to higher incomes and much better nourishment for rural people. It will also guidance the sustainable and inclusive recovery of the country’s agriculture and foodstuff devices soon after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Far more than 60 per cent of people today in Lao PDR reside in rural areas,” mentioned Ambrosio Barros, IFAD Region Director, Lao PDR. “They count on agriculture for their livelihoods. But most farmers are small-scale producers practicing subsistence, household-centered agriculture, and have been disproportionately afflicted by the pandemic. For this reason AFN II focuses on the job of compact-scale farmers in enhancing residence nutrition and food stuff stability as a result of sustainable agriculture.”

Lao PDR has seen considerable economic growth in excess of the very last two decades, but the pandemic, weather shocks and the war in Ukraine have impacted efforts to strengthen living problems. This has taken a really serious toll on rural households. Lots of battle to fulfill household food items necessities, producing malnutrition a significant issue.

AFN I was financed by the International Agriculture and Meals Stability Method (GAFSP) and managed by IFAD (in collaboration with the Section of Preparing and Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, as nicely as the Environment Food Programme). By advertising modest and medium-scale agricultural progress, such as by way of home gardens, the undertaking has led to much better diet, with a decrease in stunting and better incomes reported across job regions. AFN II will scale-up AFN I in 3 provinces — Oudomxai, Phongsaly and Xiengkhouang — and in three many others, in the south — Salavan, Sekong, Attapeu — and will arrive at 168,000 individuals across 28,000 homes.

AFN II will set up local community-driven agricultural and organic useful resource-primarily based nourishment interventions. It will also make improvements to industry accessibility and aid generate an enabling atmosphere for far more and improved partnerships. AFN II is a US $48.2 million challenge, with IFAD contributing $13.2 million about 7 a long time (2023–2029). GAFSP is offering $20 million via a grant, while the national federal government will offer $4.8 million. The private sector is envisioned to lead $1.5 million and task members will deliver $2.1 million.

Considering that 1978, IFAD has supported 17 programmes and initiatives in Lao PDR for a overall of $509.07 million (with IFAD contributing $164.81 million), straight benefitting about 330,000 rural households. Study a lot more about our work in Lao PDR in this article.

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