Category Archives: Field Stories

Rural development: a flagship initiative supported by AFD for the country

  In most of Northern Provinces in Laos, access to water – for domestic use or agriculture – is still limited. In the mountainous areas in the North, AFD supports a project which aims at improving livelihoods through building clean … Continue reading

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EU helping improve living conditions of Phongsaly ethnic communities

EU helping improve living conditions of Phongsaly ethnic communities The European Union (EU) appreciated the success of its funded projects in Phongsaly province which has contributed to helping local communities get out of extreme poverty, according to leading officials. EU … Continue reading

Food Facility Action: Rodent Control

Villages which are classified as “poor” also suffer from losses of food and damages to crops caused by a large rodent population. In times of extreme infestations with rodents the situation can be massively aggravated. In order to find and … Continue reading

Improving delivery through better Programme Development

The Northern Uplands Development Programme (NUDP) is a programmatic approach of the Government of Laos to promote rural development in some of the remote, mountainous, and poor areas of Laos. The NU-IRDP is embedded in this overall programmatic approach, basing … Continue reading

Improving implementation through policy advice

An integrated approach to rural development needs to include both policymakers and people “on the ground”. This refers not only to activities as such but also to the lessons learned from the implementation of these activities. Under the NUDP a … Continue reading

Food Facility Action: Nutrition Education

Malnutrition is still one of Laos` major problems. Nutrition awareness and education activities aim to increase knowledge about “good nutrition” and respective food habits while acknowledging local conditions. Besides training and coaching of multiplicators, training and seeds to build home … Continue reading

Improving participation through local governance and development planning

The centralized nature of governance and public administration in Laos has kept much needed services and programs of government distant from rural populations. Limited participation of people in governance and planning hampers the effectiveness of programs in addressing poverty and … Continue reading

Sustainable natural resource management through Land Use Planning

Increasing pressure on land resources through foreign and local investments, the resettlement of very remote villages and a growing population, as well as partially outdated local knowledge of agricultural production, requires strategic management of land and natural resources. Land Use … Continue reading

Securing livelihoods through land registration

Registration of landownership serves to ensure land rights and tenure security of the rural population, in particular the poor, and to promote their willingness to invest in their land. Therefore the Lao Government aims to establish land administration countrywide. The … Continue reading