Development and assistance for poverty reduction and food security

Poverty reduction and food security assistance funding

Lao congress sets course for exit from LDC status

Ensuring that Laos graduates from Least Developed Country (LDC) status in five years’ time has been the focus of discussion at the 10th Party Congress, a Party leader has said. Party Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Mr Somsavat Lengsavad highlighted this fact when speaking to ...

Vietnam province cancels fireworks shows, asks sponsors to donate to poor families

Dak Lak Province in the Central Highlands has canceled two of the three fireworks shows planned for the upcoming Lunar New Year celebration, urging potential sponsors to give that money to poor people instead.   A source from the province’s culture and tourism department told Tuoi Tre ...

EU gives boost to nutrition, food security in Xekong

The European Union is assisting the Laos Partnerships for Poverty Reduction and Women’s Empowerment Project in Dakcheung district, Xekong province, with a view to ensuring that children have access to nutritious food. As with other EU funded nutrition and food security projects in many provinces across ...

Poverty scheme moves to 2nd phase

The Pid Thong Lang Phra (doing good without any intention of getting anything back) royal programme seeks to secure the participation of educational institutions and private companies for its next five-year development plan to help address rural poverty. The project’s secretary-general MR Disnadda Diskul said the 2016-20 programme aims to tackle ...

World Food Program extends aid program to end of 2017

The UN World Food Programme will extend its current Myanmar operations into the end of 2017, despite a funding shortfall of US$40 million. The announcement comes as the organisation continues its early recovery missions in areas affected by the monsoon floods in August, as well as internally ...

Chin State faces looming food shortage after flood crisis

Three months after the nationwide flood disaster, civil society groups say that government has vastly underestimated the damage toll in Chin State, where locals are facing a looming food shortage. While emergency relief has found its way into many affected Chin State communities, local aid workers ...

Laos to adopt public-private partnership in poverty reduction

Officials from the Laos government and autonomous organizations have pledged to involve the private sector in poverty reduction programs to ensure its effectiveness and efficiency. The officials were speaking at the 4th ASEAN Forum on Rural Development and Poverty Reduction, which began on 15 October in ...

Highlands poor households lack clean water despite billions spent

Billions of dong have been poured into clean water supply facilities in the central highlands province of Dak Lak, but locals don’t see any clean water pouring out of their faucets. According to the Dak Lak Rural and Agricultura Development Department, the province has 133 concentrated ...

Laos to highlight progress in MDGs in UN forums in New York

Despite its being a tiny landlocked nation, Laos has made some inroads in its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in providing primary healthcare to Laotian mothers and children in the country’s hinterlands. This will be the message that Laos President Choummaly Sayasone will bring to New ...

World Bank loans Vietnam $507 mln for agriculture, poverty reduction, transport

Vietnam’s central bank and the World Bank on Thursday signed four credit agreements totaling US$507 million to support Vietnam’s priorities in sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, and a bus rapid transit system.   The financing covers four projects: the Sustainable Agriculture Transformation Project (US$238 million), additional financing for ...

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