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POSTED | 16:30 PM | 11-07-2017

Laos set to end hunger by 2030

Laos is committed to reducing food insecurity and malnutrition to levels that would be considered insignificant by 2025 and to eliminate both by 2030 in line with the National Nutrition Strategy, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr Lien Thikeo said in an interview with The Vientiane Times on Tuesday (July 11, 2017).

The government has prioritized multi-sectoral convergent approaches to do this and the work is being carried forward by the National Nutrition Committee and the National Committee on Food Security and Commercialization, he said in his opening remarks at the 40th Session of the FAO Conference held recently in Rome, Italy.

“This commitment is reflected in a variety of instruments, such as the Agricultural Development Strategy 2025 and Vision 2030, and the National Nutrition Strategy 2025,” Dr Lien told the conference with the theme “Zero Hunger: Turning Commitment into Action to Achieve SDG2.”

The Lao government has developed its Agriculture Strategy to 2025 and Vision to 2030 with three foundations -- agriculture, forestry, and rural development along with poverty reduction, according to The Vientiane Times.

These are being implemented through four main plans, including sustained food security and nutrition, clean commercial production of quality products, sustainable forest and natural resource management, and rural development and poverty reduction programs.

In order to meet the Zero Hunger Challenge in Laos, it is essential to balance the production of nutritious food for local consumption with commercial production, Dr Lien said.

About 18.5 percent of Lao people are undernourished, says the State of Food Insecurity 2015 report published by the FAO, IFAD and WFP.

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