FAO in Laos

Programmes in Laos


The Country Programme Framework (CPF) is the tool adopted by FAO in 2013 to define its short/medium-term response to the needs of member states. The current CPF for Lao PDR was developed jointly by the Government and FAO, and outlines FAO’s programme priorities for the period 2016-2021 with four Country Outcomes. These are based on a careful balancing of the challenges and opportunities in the sectors, the Government’s strategy and policy, FAO’s comparative advantage and its global and regional priorities, and the priorities identified in United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPF) 2017-2021.

Country Outcome 1: Fostering agricultural production and rural development

FAO’s support will focus on achieving three Outputs in relation to NSEDP Outcome 1 on “Sustained inclusive economic growth”:

Output 1.1: Sustainable intensification of agricultural production among smallholders, in line with FAO’s common vision and the Save & Grow approach. 

Output 1.2: Development of stakeholder capacities for improving Agricultural Value Chains (AVCs).

Output 1.3: Public and private sector institutions improve the quality of investment in agriculture and agrifood systems, and in particular in contract farming systems.



Country Outcome 2: Improved food security and nutrition, with special focus on the most vulnerable (e,g, poor women, food-insecure farm households)

FAO’s support will focus on achieving three Outputs in relation to NSEDP Outcome 2 on the Human Development Index.

Output 2.1: Enhanced Government capacity for policy analysis, planning and implementing of national and local action plans, including those of the NNS and national Food Security strategies.

Output 2.2: Development of nutrition and gender-sensitive and livelihood-oriented agriculture for vulnerable food-insecure farm households. 

Output 2.3: Improvements in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) skills and systems in MAF that can feed field experience back into better policies and action plans.



Country Outcome 3: Forests and other ecosystems are protected and enhanced

FAO’s support will focus on achieving 3 Outputs in relation to part of NSEDP Outcome 3 on the sustainable management of the environment and natural resources.

Output 3.1: Development and implementation of national policy and regulatory frameworks for land, forests and aquatic ecosystems, together with operational guidelines, and the associated capacities of local organizations for improved participatory natural resources management.

Output 3.2: Development of stakeholder geographic information systems (GIS) in agriculture and natural resources, based on strengthened organizational and human capacities. 

Output 3.3: Development of integrated community-based participatory approaches to enhance access to land, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, ecosystem valuation, restoration and management for forests and fisheries, including appropriate public sector organizational and human capacities.



Country Outcome 4: Improving capacity to respond to food and agricultural threats and emergencies and the impact of climate change

FAO’s support will focus on achieving 4 Outputs in relation to part of NSEDP Outcome 3 on the reduced effects of natural shocks through strengthening of disaster management and the stabilisation of agricultural production. 

Output 4.1: Improved national, provincial and district capacities for agro-climatic monitoring, impact analysis and information dissemination for the agriculture and natural resources sector. 

Output 4.2: Improved national, provincial and district level capacities to mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Climate Change, including risk mitigation and reducing the instability of agricultural production. 

Output 4.3: Strengthened institutional and technical capacity in control and management of transboundary animal and plant pests and diseases. 

Output 4.4: Better preparedness and coordination of responses to emergencies and crises that affect the agricultural and natural resources sector.