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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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    Diversification perspectives of Guyana’s agrifood sector 2022
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    Guyana’s agrifood systems are facing an increasing level of risk: rising sea-levels are eroding its coastal area, where much of the agricultural activity is located; recent off-shore oil discoveries threaten to crowd-out non-oil sectors; and a dependency on a limited number of agricultural export commodities exposes the agricultural sector to price and market volatility. The diversification of agricultural production and exports has the potential to generate growth and increase the resilience of the agricultural sector. This study identifies Guyana’s diversification potential using comparative-advantage and export-sophistication metrics, which are combined for a proximity analysis based on Guyana’s production space. The objective is to identify a set of commodities with high export potential, which is in relative proximity to the current agrifood export basket. We find oil seeds, bovine meat, sunflower seed oil, fish flours (for animal feed), palm oil, fowl, cocoa beans, cocoa paste and sunflower seeds to be commodities with high export potential. These commodities share characteristics with the current agrifood export basket. This implies that expanding the exports of these goods will not be costly and is likely to promote economic development, agricultural sector growth and reduce risks associated with market concentration.
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    Promoting responsible investment in agriculture and food systems in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Successful experiences and stories from government officials 2022
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    Agriculture is the cornerstone of Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Increasing responsible investment in agriculture and food systems (RAI) is one of the most efficient strategies to enhance food security and achieve sustainable economic development. This booklet summarizes the work conducted by FAO to enhance the enabling environment for RAI in the country through strengthening the capacities of key actors and enhancing multi-stakeholder dialogue among the government, civil society organizations and the private sector. It also provides insight of the progress made and the challenges that remain through the stories of two government officials who participated in the activities conducted by FAO and its partners. This work has been done under the project "Enhancing the enabling environment for responsible investment in agriculture and food systems" funded by the Federal Government of Germany.

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