FAO in Lao People's Democratic Republic

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This publication contains an assessment of availability and use of aquatic organisms in upland paddy rice fields of three villages in Xieng Khouang Province. An area of 200 ha was surveyed, revealing the rich biodiversity of upland paddy rice ecosystems of plants and animals including insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, molluscs and crustaceans. The survey found that 95 species of plants and animals are used for food, sale or medicine. It is the largest number of recorded species used by villagers in the upland paddy area. A report on integrating assessment findings into local and national policy development by supporting local government agencies and communities is also included. The publication is a compilation of findings from selected activities conducted under the Regional Rice Initiative (RRI) Component 1 on water and rice-fish systems in 2013. Individual assesments from Indonesia and the Philippines were also compiled.  
This plan will guide the ministry and its departments to systematically integrate risk mitigation and prevention into ongoing and new development activities, enhance preparedness for response, and promote faster recovery in agricultural sectors, including crops, livestock, forestry, and fisheries/aq uaculture; its implementation will ultimately contribute to increasing the resilience of rural livelihoods to climate-related hazards and disasters.
This plan will guide the ministry and its departments to systematically integrate risk mitigation and prevention into ongoing and new development activities, enhance preparedness for response, and promote faster recovery in agricultural sectors, including crops, livestock, forestry, and fisheries/aq uaculture; its implementation will ultimately contribute to increasing the resilience of rural livelihoods to climate-related hazards and disasters.
This report presents the findings of the Risk and Vulnerability Survey, a food and nutrition security survey exercise conducted in 2012-2013 in Lao PDR. Designed to explore the linkages between food security and nutrition, the RVS collected data from 4,000 households across the country. For the first time, data collection was not limited to quantitative data, but includes qualitative information as well. Key data are summarized based on the food security pillars of availability, access and utilization. Anthropometric data on nutrition and qualitative data on nutrition knowledge and education are also presented. Data are analyzed by agro-ecological zone, income quintiles, and at the provincial levels as applicable. The RVS is a key source of information for both government and its development partners engaged in food and nutrition security policy-making and programming.
The present report, on agricultural investments in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), is the second in this series of case studies. It is based primarily on a period of four weeks fieldwork in Laos in November 2011, in which interviews were held with over 68 key informants and with some 114 people (51 women and 63 men) who were consulted in 17 focus group discussions with local farmers and agricultural workers. The fieldwork was carried outin three of Lao PDR’s 17 provinces – Borikhamxai, Vientiane and Vientiane Capital – with the active support and facilitation of the FAO Country Office and the Government of Lao PDR.
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