Over half a century ago, Lao PDR began its journey to become a modern nation and committed itself to long-term development ambitions. It has delivered electricity, schools, roads, and has become an important energy exporter.
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WASHINGTON, November 24, 2014—Partners in the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) today announced $107 million in grants to five countries−Benin, Bhutan, Kenya, Laos PDR, and Timor Leste−for... Show More + country-led initiatives to increase agriculture productivity, reduce poverty, and improve food and nutrition security.The world will need to produce at least 50 percent more food by 2050 to feed 9 billion people. GAFSP delivers targeted financing for the agriculture sector in low-income countries. It takes up where emergency and recovery assistance leaves off, targeting transformative and lasting long-term development.“GAFSP is an innovative mechanism that puts developing nations in the driver’s seat by supporting country-led strategies to expand agriculture and address hunger,” said Ms. Marisa Lago, Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development, United States Treasury. “It quickly responds to tough challenges, such as addressing the adverse effects of climate chang Show Less -
Now a US$ 213 billion industry, environment and natural resource crimes such as poaching, illegal logging and wildlife trafficking are growing every year and putting natural resources at risk. This is... Show More + not just a tragedy for people who love animals or care about the environment. When elephants are slaughtered for their ivory and trees are illegally logged, ecosystems break down. The world’s poorest often bear the brunt of the fallout. And that is where—and why—the World Bank comes into the picture.The Leading Financier in the Fight against Wildlife Crime"75% of the world’s poor live in rural areas, and rely on healthy ecosystems for food, shelter and livelihoods," says Valerie Hickey, Practice Manager, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, The World Bank."The World Bank’s goals are to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity in a sustainable manner, which is why we’re committed to fighting wildlife crime, and protecting the animals, plants and marine l Show Less -
BenefitsNSMP is mainly an effort to curb low attendance but it also has other good offshoots. Some of these are:• Good hygiene. Children are instructed to wash their hands properly before meals... Show More + and after using the toilet. School administrators are encouraged to have safe water and clean toilet facilities.• Proper nutrition. Volunteer cooks from the Lao Women’s Union are taught about the nutritional value of different types of food and how to prepare nutritious, clean, and varied meals. Better nourished children are likely to learn more.• Food security. Vegetables and fruits are cultivated while animals are raised in the schools and communities. As such, there is a steady supply of fresh food for school meals. This also helps boost local agriculture and supports local farmers.• Community empowerment. Since volunteers- from cooks to mobilizers- are from the areas where the schools are located, community participation is a prerequisite for success. Those who see th Show Less -
WASHINGTON, November 29, 2012 – The world cannot afford for high and volatile food prices to be the “new normal,” while millions of people continue to suffer from hunger and to die from malnutrition, the... Show More + World Bank Group warned today.“A new norm of high prices seems to be consolidating,” said Otaviano Canuto, World Bank Group’s Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management. “The world cannot afford to be complacent to this trend while 870 million people still live in hunger and millions of children die every year from preventable diseases caused by malnutrition.”According to the latest edition of the World Bank Group’s Food Price Watch report, published quarterly, global food prices stabilized following last July’s record peak. In October, prices were 5 percent below that peak. Prices were driven down by fats and oils, with more modest declines in grains. Seasonal increase in supplies, the absence of panic policies, such as food export restrictions, and better expec Show Less -