Eight-month-old Sithen clings to his mum Seng and two-year-old Joy holds on to her skirt as the family receives their ration of rice, oil and Plumpy’Doz in early September. Copyright: WFP/Cornelia Paetz
Lao villagers have a special name for the last months of the rainy season, from August to October: Suang Khaad Khao Kin – the time when there is no more rice. While the new harvest is ripening in the fields, food stocks run low. Also called the ‘lean season’, this time is coming to an end for this year, but for close to 40,000 people in Khammuane province, central Laos, it would have been a lot tougher without help from WFP.
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