The Laos delegation touring a school garden in Salvador, Brazil with local students.  L-R: Keize Vasques, Souvankham Phommaseng (MoH), Sisomboun Ounavong (MPI), Yangxia Lee (MoES),  Lytou Bouapao (MoES), Kham Sanatem (MAF) and Bruno Oiliveira.

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Laos Government Shares WFP School Meals Experience In Brazil

The WFP Centre of Excellence Against Hunger in Brazil hosted a delegation from the Government of Lao PDR to share experiences on fighting hunger.  The study visit highlighted the benefits of including nutrition and school meals in national policy, with the Laos Government confirming that school meals will be included in the National Education Law and the Human Resource Development Plan.

Overview

 

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.

 

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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: https://www.wfp.org/countries/lao-pdr/publication/nutrition-factsheet