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CARE International in Lao PDR (CARE Laos)

Dakcheung Food Security Project (DFSP)

Last updated:2012-08-30 09:31:00

Food insecurity in the target area is high. Household chronic food insecurity in the region has multiple, varied and seasonally specific causes, but is primarily associated with:

§         Low returns to labour in staple food production


§         Inadequate consumption of fats and proteins


§         Extremely limited cash incomes due to poor access to markets, low productivity of current livestock systems, and declining availability of non-timber forest products (NTFPs)


§         Extremely high burden of labour on women


§         Limited nutritional and appropriate weaning knowledge and practices


§         Limited village and district technical capacities.


Food security has strong seasonal characteristics. The wet season is typically the period of greatest stress when rice and other staple reserves are at their lowest and income is difficult to source. Recent data indicates an average level of household rice self-sufficiency of 6 months, with poorer households able to produce only 3 months supply of rice or less. The poor rely primarily on the consumption of nutritionally poorer cassava, gathering wild tubers and commercial rice purchase to resulting rice food gaps. Purchase is limited by low levels of income, averaging only US$0.14/capita/day, primarily from livestock (pigs and poultry) sales.8


Households are vulnerable to periodic fluctuations in crop yields as a result of climatic factors, pests, diseases and damage by wild animals. These risks are compounded by additional shocks, particularly epidemics affecting small and large livestock - the primary source of income and wealth.


The project overall objective: Support food security in all its dimensions preventing crises and contributing to achieving the Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG-1) in Lao PDR.


The Specific Objective is to Increase food security particularly of the poorest, through expanding and diversifying food and income sources reducing vulnerability to natural and market based shocks.


- Increased productivity of household staple foods, fats and protein production systems.


- Expanded income ge­nerating assets (livestock, coffee) of the poor, generating significant additional incomes.


- Improved women’s food utilization skills and reduced women’s labour burden.


- Strengthened vil­lage and District technical skills and capac­ities associated with project promoted food and income production systems.


Province & district of project activity:


Province                                    :           Sekong

District                                      :           Dakcheung


 Project activity sectors:


·         Agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Irrigation, Non-Timber Forestry Production


·         Community Development

Community Development Training, Construction & Physical Infrastructure, Governance Aid in CD Issues, Integrated Rural Development, Rural Community Development.


·         Emergency and Humanitarian Relief

UXO Clearance


·         Health Care

Water Supply and Sanitation


·         Human Resources Development

Capacity, Building, Gender Training


·         Income Generation & Economy Development

Income Generation Activity


·         Social Development

Gender and Development



Project Start Date Project End Date Current Project Phase Current Phase Start Current Phase End Project Operational Budget
Apr 1st 2010 Nov 30th 2013 1 Apr 1st 2010 Nov 30th 2013 1442874

Project Coordinator Project Partners
Chris Wardle - Provincial Program Coordinator
+856 38 211582
There are no partners specified

Provinces and districts of project activity:

Provinces Districts
Sekong Province - Dakcheung

Sectors and sub-sectors of project activity:

Sectors Sub-sectors

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