Villagers receive rice and oil rations in Bong village locating in Oudomxay province.
Copyright: WFP/Mingngakham Pangnasak

Lao PDR: Food Distributions To Improve Nutritional Status During The Lean Season

A new road linking rural communities to a vital district centre has been completed thanks to a WFP food-for-work project in rural Laos. The project is part of WFP's Livelihood Initiatives for Nutrition (LIN) programme, designed to support remote communities in northern Laos with high rates of stunting (children too short for their age). 



The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is one of the world’s least developed countries.  It is landlocked and mountainous, with significant parts of the country still inaccessible by road. Despite steady economic growth in the past decade, food insecurity remains widespread throughout the country and alarmingly high in rural areas. Nearly every second child under five years of age in Laos is chronically malnourished (stunted). Ethnic groups living in remote areas and rural children are particularly vulnerable.


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WFP Lao PDR Country Strategy 2011-2015

A country that is free from undernutrition and its debilitating impacts on human potential and national development - this is the vision and guiding principle for WFP's work in the Lao PDR. The country strategy document looks at the Lao development context, government policies and WFP's comparative advantages and defines strategic priorities for WFP in the years 2011 to 2015. Read more