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Strategic Support for Food Security and Nutrition Project - GAFSP funds

Strategic Support for Food Security and Nutrition Project - GAFSP funds

In Lao, undernutrition and food insecurity remain stubbornly high with stunting levels for children under five years of age as high as 61 per cent in some provinces. Improving women's nutrition is critical to breaking the intergenerational cycle.

Communities most prone to undernutrition live in upland areas where the dominant household economic activities – agriculture and non-timber forest product extraction – are increasingly constrained by unsustainable farming practices and natural resource use, large-scale land concessions, and limited adaptation to climate change.

The Strategic Support for Food Security and Nutrition Project (SSFSNP) aims to address these challenges while reducing extreme poverty and malnutrition for 34,000 poor rural households in Northern Laos.

The objective is to increase the quality of health and life by improving agricultural production and overall household nutrition and food security.

The project will address food and nutrition security needs and will include profitable investment in nutrient-sensitive, climate adapted agricultural development.

Project activities include:

  • Empowering women to improve family diets in particular during the first 1,000 days of an infants life
  • Developing farmers organisations and linking small-scale farmers to markets
  • Supporting farmers to develop personalised solutions to profitable agricultural production, that may include working directly with other farmers or private enterprises

The Project will be implemented in 12 districts and approximately 400 villages in Oudomxai, Phongsaly, Xieng Khouang and Houaphan provinces.

Total project costs are estimated at $US 38.8 million. GAFSP funding will total $30 million (77.3 per cent). Of this ,  $US 24 million will be managed by IFAD while $US 6 million will be entrusted to WFP. FAO will also be engaged to carry selected technical support for the project.

The Government of Lao's contribution is estimated at $US 5.4 million (13.8 per cent), private sector contributions are estimated at $US 0.5 million (1.3 per cent) and beneficiary contributions at $US 2.9 million (7.5 per cent).

This project is funded by a grant from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP).


Status: Ongoing

Approval Date

13 April 2016

Duration

2016 - 2022

Sector

Marketing/Storage/Processing

Total Project Cost

US$ 38.8 million

IFAD Financing

US$ 0 million

Co-financiers (International)

Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme US$ 6 million

Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme/IFAD US$ 24 million

Co-financiers (Domestic)

Beneficiaries US$ 2.9 million

National Government US$ 5.44 million

Financing terms

DSF Grant/Highly Concessional

Project ID

2000001131

Project Contact

Thomas Rath


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