Stacks of 25kg bags of SuperCereal and 24 litre boxes of vitamin-enriched vegetable oil in the Vientiane warehouse ready to be transported to the village schools.


Food Support For 190,000 Students Arrives In Laos

The first batch of USDA food contribution for 2015-2017 to WFP School Meals Programme has arrived in Vientiane.  The Super Cereal and vitamin-enriched vegetable oil will be transported to over 1,500 village schools, including the remotest areas of Laos, for community cooks to prepare a daily mid-morning snack for pre-primary and primary students.  The nutritious snack encourages students to come to school, reduces hunger and helps the students concentrate in classes.    


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. Despite steady economic growth in the past decade, food insecurity remains widespread throughout the country and alarmingly high in rural areas. Nearly every second child under five years of age in Laos is chronically malnourished (stunted). Ethnic groups living in remote areas and rural children are particularly vulnerable.

WFP Lao PDR Nutrition Factsheet

 In Lao PDR, 44 percent of children under 5 years of age are stunted as a result of a poor diet, often lacking in essential micronutrients, fats and proteins as well as experiencing recurrent illness. WFP has been operating a Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) Programme since 2012 (piloted in 2011) which aims to prevent stunting in children under 2 years of age by targeting the first 1,000 days of life. The factsheet provides an overview of the MCHN Programme in Lao PDR including programme coverage, activities, sustainability, results, beneficiary perspective, funding and partners. Read more:

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