We investigate the causes of food insecurity in the Northern Uplands of Lao PDR so as to propose solutions for its alleviation.
An initial diagnostic phase (2015 to 2017) focuses on what we can understand from secondary sources and learn from past projects about the causes of food insecurity in the Northern Uplands of Laos. Particular emphasis is placed on the impacts of the transition to commercial agriculture. Tackling the major constraints identified in this first phase of the project is the focus of the second phase (2017 to 2019), which involves piloting interventions that are specifically designed to address these constraints.
You can find a description of the project here and follow the results of our work in Events & Publications.
Photo: J. Saunders
Does agricultural development lead to improved nutrition?
What are the consequences of shocks? Is self-insurance prolonging poverty?
How can we make markets work better for those who are vulnerable to food insecurity?
What is the importance of soil or biodiversity for food security?
Funding from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is gratefully acknowledged.