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Promotion of home gardens for enhanced food and nutrition security in Lao People's Democratic Republic

Promotion of home gardens for enhanced food and nutrition security in Lao People's Democratic Republic

Full title of the project:

Promotion of home gardens for enhanced food and nutrition security in northern uplands areas affected by multiple natural hazards

Target areas:

Ten villages in Na Le and Viengphoukha Districts of Luang Namtha Province

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 268 097
Implementation:
01/04/2012-31/10/2013
Project code:
OSRO/LAO/201/AUS
Objective:

To improve household food and nutrition security in vulnerable communities by diversifying home food production and giving access to resilient food storage facilities.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (through the Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office and District Agriculture and Forestry Offices); and national civil society organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

271 farming households

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 13 varieties of vegetable seeds, 22 types of agricultural tools and roofing sheets and nets to 257 farming households.
  • Distributed nine types of agricultural tools to three secondary schools to promote school gardens.
  • Trained 271 farmers on home gardening, sustainable agriculture techniques, production of bio-fertilizers and pest management.
  • Conducted a study trip for ten farmers to learn about sustainable home gardening.
  • Facilitated farmer-to-farmer exchanges for beneficiaries in both districts to visit model home gardens.
Impact:
  • Facilitated the establishment of home gardens and improved food storage facilities.
  • Enabled beneficiaries to produce vegetables for their own consumption and for sale at village level and in district markets.
  • Improved sharing of knowledge on home gardening and the use of organic farming techniques for vegetable cultivation through exchange visits and the study trip.
  • Enabled beneficiaries (through training) to produce bio-fertilizers for their vegetable gardens using existing local raw materials.
  • Contributed to increased food production, improved food and nutrition security and reduced malnutrition in remote, rural uplands.