The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has provided more than US$5.4 million (about 44.4 billion kip) to support a project to strengthen agro-climatic monitoring and information systems to improve climate change adaptation and food security in Laos.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed yesterday at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment by Representative of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in Laos, Dr. Stephen Rudgard, and Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Ms. Monemany Nhoyboukong.
The project aims to enhance the analysis, communication and use of agro-climatic information for planning and decision making for agricultural production and food security at national and provincial levels. It will improve the analysis of agriculture production systems and strengthen land resource information management and agro-ecological systems.
The project’s has three main components. The first includes strengthening agro-climatic monitoring, analysis, communication, and the use of data and information for decision-making in agriculture and food security. It will be implemented and coordinated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment at a cost of more than US$2.4 million.
The second phase involves strengthening institutions and technical capacity to monitor and analyze agriculture production systems and develop a Land Resources Information Management System and Agro-Ecological Zoning. It will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry at a cost of more than US$2.1 million.
The third phase concerns the management of knowledge and the dissemination and application of local level information. Lessons learned will be integrated into planning and conducting a project monitoring and evaluation activity. It will be implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization in Laos at a cost of US$639,881.
Together, they will improve the analysis of agriculture production systems and strengthen the management of land resource information and agro-ecological systems.
Source: Lao News Agency