The Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (GoL), with the support of its development partners, applied to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) for grant financing for a Strategic Support for Food Security and Nutrition Project (SSFSNP) later changed to Agriculture For Nutrition Project (AFN) under the GAFSP’s third call for proposals. IFAD and the World Food Programme (WFP) were identified in the application as the investment and technical Supervising Entities respectively.
The AFN have a duration of 6 years, started in 2016. Project interventions focus on the implementation of the four nutrition-sensitive agricultural activities within the 22 priority interventions under the NNSPA, namely, (i) expanding and intensifying the production of nutritionally-rich plant-based foods; (ii) production and promotion of animal-based protein for household consumption; (iii) improved post-harvest handling and food processing to strengthen year-round food security; and (iv) promotion of income-generating activities, with a focus on women. The project empowers women to sustainably achieve better family nutrition outcomes, particularly for pregnant women and children up to the age of 5 years, through group implementation of the aforementioned NNSPA nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions. In pursuing its agriculture outcomes, the Project promotes “green technology,” for sustainable land management and climate adaptation, with all interventions having a neutral or positive (“no regrets ”) effect on the ability of communities to adapt to climate change. A similar “no harm” principle applies to nutrition outcomes.
Nutrition has been mainstreamed into all three AFN project components, so that each activity contributes to improved nutrition and that, together through synergies, the sum effect is greater than each individual part.
GASFP provided a grant of USD 30 million (77.3%). Local private enterprise contribution is USD 0.5 million (1.3%). Village beneficiary contribution is USD 2.9 million (7.5%). The GoL contribution is estimated at USD 5.4 million (13.8%). The Government contribution covers taxes, duties and some rural infrastructure. Land use registration and project management staff costs.