FAO in Laos


Since 1996, the areas under slash and burn decreased by 37 percent and the number of households practicing swidden agriculture decreased by over 50 percent contributing to a decrease in deforestation. With FAO’s support, the Government has been increasing the resilience of agricultural communities to disasters, and in 2014 a Plan of Action for Disaster Risk Reduction Management in Agriculture was produced.  At the beginning of 2015, FAO collaborated with the World Bank in the formulation of the Government’s strategic action and investment plan to implement the new national rice policy.

Jointly developed with the Lao Government and other partners, the Country Programming Framework 2016-2021 (CPF) reflects relevant priorities in national development policies and programmes, including the Agricultural Development Strategy to 2025 adopted in 2015.

The CPF for Laos addresses four priority areas: (1) Fostering agricultural production and rural development; (2) Improved food security and nutrition, with special focus on the most vulnerable (e,g, poor women, food-insecure farm households; (3) Forests and other ecosystems are protected and enhanced; (4) Improving capacity to respond to food and agricultural threats and emergencies and the impact of climate change.

  • 16 October 2019. World Food Day Celebrations, Vientiane.
  • 13 September 2019. Inception Workshop for Preparation of the Project: Climate Smart Agriculture Alternatives for Upland Production Systems in Lao PDR, at Vientiane Plaza Hotel, Vientiane
  • 3 September 2019. The meeting of the Sector Working Group on Agriculture and Rural Development (SWG-ARD), at MAF, Vientiane
  • 20-22 March 2018. FAO national training workshop on Enhancing effective participation in Codex activities in Lao PDR, Vientiane
  • 27 September 2017. Meeting of Sector Working Group on Agriculture and Rural Development, Vientiane.
  • 16/17 October 2017. World Food Day Celebrations, Vientiane.
  • 22/23 November 2017. Roundtable Implementation Meeting, Pakse.
    FAO National Training course on strengthening food safety standard setting and enhancing effective participation in Codex activities in Lao PDR
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