Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), signed an agreement on Jul 23 to collaborate in supporting the “Integrated Programme for Climate Resilience and Empowerment in Attapeu Province: Building Climate-Resilient and Eco-friendly Agriculture Systems and Livelihoods (Climate REAL)”, in which KOICA will contribute total value of USD 1.8 million and FAO will provide in- kind contribution amounting to USD 200,000.
The project aims to address the gaps and weaknesses in the current agriculture system in Attapeu Province by achieving the following outcomes:
1.Climate resilient and eco-friendly agriculture production and agriculture business management improved.
2.Household and community water management and disaster resilience enhancement.
3.Local government and communities’ capacities for DRM/CCA in the agriculture sector strengthening
Approximately 2,500 farming households and 150 government officials will directly benefit from the project intervention. The project will be implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry as well as the relevant provincial and districts’ authorities.
The agreement was signed by Mr. Nasar Hayat, FAO Representative to Lao PDR and Mr. Sungsoo OH, Resident Representative of KOICA Office in the Lao PDR. Representatives from Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry were also present on this occasion.
At the event, Mr. Sungsoo OH, Resident Representative of KOICA Office in Lao PDR expressed support: “This Programme is designed for mid to long term recovery, we aim to build resilience and sustainability in respective sectors to the livings of Attapeu residents, particularly, the climate-resilient agriculture. Through this collaboration, KOICA believes residents as well as local authorities will highly benefit to this support by receiving new technical agricultural knowledge to apply for farming improvement.”
Mr. Nasar Hayat, FAO Representative to the Lao PDR stated that “this is an important step forward in building resilience in the farming communities of Attapeu and the lessons learnt from this project will also be applicable in other parts of the country with similar agro-ecological features.”
The project will be implemented from August 2020 till December 2023.
Source: Lao News Agency