The Lao Uplands Food Security Improvement Project is a response to food insecurity in the Lao PDR uplands as a result of low crop productivity, isolation from services and inadequate agricultural infrastructure, all compounded by both the recent food and global economic crisis. It also responds to a request from the Government to contribute to its efforts to respond to the damage caused by Cyclone Ketsana on September 29, 2009 by supporting the restoration of food security and rural infrastructures in three southern provinces.
The LUFSIP comprises of 4 main components:
1. Support to Conservation Agriculture Stations and Seed Multiplication Centers;
2. Support to improved Farms Systems for Food Security;
3. Support for Rural Infrastructure Improvement and Community-led Recovery;
4. Project Coordination and Management.
The Component 3, is divided in two sub-components:
Sub-component 3a - The sub-component 3a provides sub-grant and technical assistance to support small community infrastructures in order to improve agricultural livelihoods and food security. The project includes 17 of the 47 priority district for poverty reduction in 5 provinces (Houaphan, Luang Namtha, Xiengkhouang, Savannakhet and Xekong).
Sub-component 3b - Supports community-led recovery through the restoration of rural infrastructure, including rehabilitation and repairs of damaged irrigation systems, in 13 cyclone affected districts of Saravanh, Xekong and Attapeu provinces.