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Stakeholders acknowledge FAO’s role in agricultural policy and capacity development in Lao PDR

Evaluation Digest Issue 3, January 2016










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    Evaluation of FAO’s Country Programme in Lao People’s Democratic Republic 2009-2014 2015
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    ES1 The Country Programme Evaluation of FAO’s contribution in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) was conducted in 2015 with a view to contributing to the design and implementation of the next Country Programme Framework (CPF) starting in 2016. The purpose of the evaluation was to provide inputs to better orient FAO’s programme in Lao PDR, making it more relevant to the needs of the country, and identify potential areas for future support in line with FAO’s comparative advantages. It also aimed to assess FAO’s contributions to achieve its Global Goals, namely: i) eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; ii) elimination of poverty and the promotion of economic and social progress for all; and iii) sustainable management and utilization of natural resources at the country level. ES2 The evaluation was conducted by a team of five, led by an evaluation manager and supported by an evaluation analyst from the Office of Evaluation. It involved an extensive review of doc uments; interviews with over 160 stakeholders; and field research in the provinces of Khamouane, Savannakhet, Champassak, Swekong and Luang Namtha. The draft report was reviewed for accuracy by an external advisor, government partners and FAO’s Country Office. Following the principle of national ownership of development, the evaluation was conducted in a consultative manner with key Government partners through the formation of a Consultative Group comprising representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) which chaired the group. The group was consulted in the formulation of the evaluation’s terms of reference, the composition of the team, the validity of the findings and conclusions in the draft report, and the organization of the stakeholder workshop. ES3 Over the past 20 years, Lao PDR has achieved significant economic growth and considerable advances in po verty reduction. With the expansion of agricultural trade, the country finds itself with a comparative advantage in a number of areas, including organic agriculture, niche products and geographic indications. These achievements, however, have not translated into significant reductions in Lao’s seriously high levels of food insecurity and undernutrition. Moreover, a lack of technical capacity and knowledge constrains the country’s ability to capitalize on its comparative advantages. ES4 Lao PDR i s very vulnerable to disasters, including weather events such as typhoons, flooding and drought, rodent and pest attacks, and animal disease epidemics. The most widespread of these are weather related risks and their frequency and intensity is likely to increase as a consequence of climate change. The additional pressure on the country’s natural resources severely strains the livelihood systems of the poorest: many households’ livelihoods continue to depend on natural resources, and the agricult ural sector employs 76 percent of the workforce.
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    FAO/WHO Global Individual Food Consumption Data Tool (FAO/WHO GIFT): Developing Capacities at Country Level to Produce Dietary Data to Support Evidence-Based Policy Making - TCP/INT/3706 2023
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    To make informed policy decisions ensuring food and nutrition security for all, it is crucial to have access to relevant dietary information Beyond information on country and household level food availability, data on individual quantitative food consumption ( is crucial to assess the nutritional adequacy of the population’s diet For this purpose, FAO and the World Health Organization ( have developed a global database on IQFC data under a joint initiative, the FAO/WHO global individual food consumption data tool (FAO/WHO GIFT) The platform is intended to support evidence based policymaking by providing harmonized information on food consumption As of yet, this tool is underutilized by governments given its limited dissemination scope and lack of harmonization of country datasets The project was designed to enable national institutes from Kenya, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nigeria and the Philippines to collect and harmonize their IQFC data and support informed decision making to improve national nutrition policies These four countries were chosen given their recent or planned IQFC surveys and the interest from governmental partners The project provided capacity building trainings to data managers in dietary data collection and harmonization in order to share the most recent data on the FAO/WHO GIFT platform In addition, it encouraged government counterparts to leverage these harmonized datasets to develop food based dietary guidelines FBDGs).
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    Technical Assistance to Department of Policy and Legal Affairs for Preparation of the Consolidated Agricultural, Forestry and Rural Development (AFRD) Strategy - TCP/LAO/3702 2022
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    The Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic has recognized the significance of agriculture as a driver for national development while also acknowledging obstacles and challenges that exist in the sector In mid 2019 the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry ( established a high level taskforce with a mandate to review and revise the Agriculture Development Strategy ( to 2025 and Vision 2030 and related policies, programmes and projects, and to bring them in line with directorial changes envisaged by the government This project was designed to support the revision of the ADS and the formulation of an accompanying Monitoring and Evaluation (M& Framework for it, as well as an Agricultural Development Plan ( for 2021 2025 and to build the capacities of the DOPLA and Department of Planning and Finance ( Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Offices ( and District Agriculture and Forestry Offices ( on policy and strategy formulation procedures and protocols.

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