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The Project for the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Agricultural Sector in Floods Affected Areas

The Project for the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Agricultural Sector in Floods Affected Areas

Full title of the project:

The Project for the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Agricultural Sector in Floods Affected Areas

Target areas:

Savannakhet and Khammouane Provinces.

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 906 090
01/04/2019-31/12/2020
Project code:
OSRO/LAO/901/JPN
Objective:

To restore the agricultural livelihoods and enhance the food security of flood-affected communities. 

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Savannakhet Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office (PAFO) and Khammouane PAFO.

Beneficiaries reached:

14 718 flood-affected households (78 000 people).

Activities implemented:
  • Provided 1 767 households with a total of 53 tonnes of rice seeds (30 kg for each household) and a total of 88.35 tonnes of urea (50 kg for each household). 
  • Provided 1 325 households with a total of 382.92 kg of vegetable seeds (approximately 289 g for each household); 1 325 litres of molasses (1 litre for each household) and 1 325 litres of effective microorganisms (1 litre for each household). 
  • Provided 10 056 households with a total of 803 000 fish fingerlings to support their rice-cum-fish farming activities (113 households), household fish ponds (484 households), and community fish ponds (9 459 households). 
  • Trained 570 households on integrated agriculture-aquaculture (IAA) practices and provided them with a total of 425 000 fingerlings and 826.5 kg of vegetable seeds. 
  • Engaged 1 000 households in cash for work (CfW) activities for constructing nine weirs and one irrigation canal (1 410 m); cleaning 13 irrigation canals (22 545 m); clearing three community ponds, providing each beneficiary household with an average of USD 83 and disbursing a total of USD 83 268. 
  • Trained 101 extension services staff and 1 893 farmers on best practices in crop production. 
  • Trained 127 District of Agriculture and Forestry Office (DAFO) staff and 874 farmers on best practices in aquaculture production.
  • Trained 63 PAFO staff and 2 974 farmers on best vegetable gardening techniques. 
  • Organized a knowledge exchange programme, benefiting 200 farmers. 
  • Provided 48 households with flood-resistant seed storage silos. 
  • Trained 60 officials from different government and civil society entities, on disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA) tools and planning strategies. 
  • Assessed existing policies and plans related to agriculture development, water resources management, watershed management, DRM and CCA at the national and provincial levels. 
  • Conducted a participatory assessment of institutional capacities in DRM and CCA; and identified institutional DRM and CCA priorities.
Impact:
  • Enabled 1 767 households to produce approximately 4 000 tonnes of rice; restore their agricultural livelihoods during the wet season; and enhance their food security. 
  • Enabled 1 325 households to produce approximately 452 tonnes of vegetables; restore their agricultural livelihoods during the dry season; and enhance their food security. 
  • Enabled 10 056 households to harvest approximately 270 tonnes of fish, enhancing their livelihoods and food security at household and community levels. 
  • Enabled 570 households to improve their food security and increase their incomes through applying IAA practices.
  • Allowed 1 000 households to meet their immediate needs; and improved the targeted communities’ access to irrigation thanks to CfW activities.
  • Enabled 48 households to store and protect their seeds from the impacts of flooding.
  • Enhanced the knowledge, skills, and capacities of 351 government and civil society personnel, and 5 941 farmers on various topics relevant to their respective fields.
  • Enabled the integration of DRM and CCA priorities in the Provincial Agriculture Development Plan (2021–2025) and the Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Plan (2021–2025).