Healthy diets vital for progress in Laos say UN food agencies

Good nutrition depends not only on raising awareness about healthy foods and choices, but also on sustainable systems of delivery.

With that in mind, UN agencies have been working with the government and population of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, or Laos as it’s commonly known, to achieve Zero Hunger, with initiatives that help farming families’ lives and livelihoods.

The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ended a three-day visit on Thursday, with a call for greater investment in nutrition, after seeing first-hand the impacts of their joint programmes.  

WFP Executive Director David Beasley said that he “could feel the sense of optimism from people in the communities” and that the work being done “helps create a better future for schoolchildren, for farmers and for families throughout the country.”

Laos has made good progress over the past twenty years in reducing poverty and hunger, but malnutrition remains an obstacle to the country’s aim of becoming a middle-income country.