This operation has been modified and extended in time until to December 2011 as per Budget revision 11 (see below).
This project aims at strengthening the livelihood basis and improving the long term food security of vulnerable, primarily ethnic minority communities and households, by protecting, expanding and diversifying their productive assets.
Emphasis will be given to communities that are in transition from swidden cultivation to more permanent agricultural practices, from opium production to the cultivation of other crops, and those that are not yet linked with basic rural road networks and markets.
Households’ immediate food security will be improved as they receive food rations for participating in the creation of essential productive assets. The project builds on the experiences of DEV 5874.0, a pilot for food-assisted development operations in Laos. New aspects will include the expansion of Government ownership and management, as well as identification of additional potential activities.
In accordance with WFP’s Strategic Priorities 2, 4 and 5 for 2004 – 2007, this project addresses objectives 2, 3, 4 and 5 of decision 1999/EB.A/2 of the Executive Board and also corresponds to Laos UNDAF Goals 1 and 2.
The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is one of the world’s least developed countries. It is landlocked and mountainous, with significant parts of the country still inaccessible by road....