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Investing in rural people in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
March 2020

IFAD began operations in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 1978. Our strategy is to ensure that poor rural people have more opportunities for sustainable food and nutrition security and improved livelihoods. Together with government agencies and development partners, IFAD has identified areas where it has a comparative advantage and complements other donors’ activities.

The IFAD results-based country strategic opportunities programme for the period 2018-2024 aims to support smallholders’ increased livelihoods, resilience to natural shocks, and overall food security and nutrition. IFAD-supported investments will improve smallholders’ access to financial services and markets, climate-smart agricultural technologies and better nutrition.

To date, 16 projects have been conducted in the country, at a total cost of US$451 million, with IFAD financing amounting to US$144 million. An estimated 329,775 households have benefited directly.