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Emergency agricultural response to Typhoon Ketsana-affected farmers in the Lao People's Democratic Republic

Emergency agricultural response to Typhoon Ketsana-affected farmers in the Lao People's Democratic Republic

Full title of the project:

Emergency agricultural response to Typhoon Ketsana-affected farmers

Target areas:

Attapeu, Sekong, Champassack, Savannakhet and Saravane provinces.

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 589 735
Implementation:
02/11/2009-09/05/2010
Project code:
OSRO/LAO/901/CHA
Objective:

To contribute to saving lives by immediately protecting, and partly restoring, the food security of the most vulnerable farming families through the supply of agricultural inputs.

Key partners:

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Department of Agriculture.

Beneficiaries reached:

11 380 households receiving rice seed and 11 000 households receiving agricultural tools.

Activities implemented:
  • Distribution of 440 tonnes of improved rice seeds in March 2010 to 11 380 families (238 villages in 16 districts of five provinces) in time for the 2010 rainy season.
  • Procurement and provision of agricultural tool packages – containing hoes, spades, sickles, machetes and watering cans – to 11 000 families in August 2010 (distributed through a complementary project funded by the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden and the Principality of Andorra in the same provinces).
Impact:
  • Rice production for the 2010 rainy season restored for 11 380 families.
  • The varieties of rice seed provided led to higher yields, improved seed stocks and thus further contribute to livelihood rebuilding. The varieties also: (i) are resistant to blast disease, brown plant hopper, bacterial blight and other diseases; and (ii) have tolerance to acidity and cold, and good resistance to flooding.
  • Over an estimated 7 300 hectares rehabilitated, estimated to produce 25 600 tonnes of rice.
  • 11 000 typhoon-affected families in the same provinces equipped with agricultural tools to contribute to restoring their agricultural production.