Skip to main content

Food and Nutrition Security in Lao PDR


Formally known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals represent the overall global framework for development for the next 15 years. All these goals are interlinked and must be seen in an integrated manner. 

This report presents the findings of an independent strategic review on food and nutrition security in Lao People’s Democratic Republic – a strategic assessment undertaken from January to June 2016. As the first review specific to a single Sustainable Development Goal, this strategic review is an important contribution to the process of localizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the national context.

Based on the progress during 2000–2015, this review confirms positive gains related to food and nutrition security in a number of sectors including policy leadership, economic growth, poverty reduction, and overall food availability. However, challenges remain in terms of environmental policy and climate change adaptation, social protection, decentralized governance and chronic malnutrition. Emerging concerns include urbanization and migration, off-farm employment, food safety (for both producers and consumers), disaster risk and resilience, and institutional sustainability.

Based on an analysis of the present context and future trends, the review provides situation, response and gap analyses for Sustainable Development Goal 2 targets 2.1 to 2.5, assessing the pre-conditions for reaching the target by 2030.

To read the full report, click on the link below: