Improving the Resilience of the Agriculture Sector to Climate Change Impacts (IRAS)

What is the project about?

Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/valter ziantoni

The people of Lao PDR are particularly vulnerable to climate change because 80% of livelihoods are associated with some form of agricultural activity. To help farmers adapt, this project will improve the knowledge base about climate change, strengthen agriculture and rural sector policies, and develop institutional capacities so that systematic adaptation planning can be carried out. At the same time community-based adaptive agricultural practices and off-farm income generating opportunities will be demonstrated to farmers and communities in 2 provinces and 4 districts. Adaptation monitoring and learning as a long-term process will assure that lessons learnt benefit the local population, as well as national policies and international Climate Change adaptation efforts.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • Climate change information generated, collected and uploaded into the website for public access. More than 180,000 click into the website observed in October 2013.
  • 26 training activities on basic climate change adaptation knowledge, GIS, gender and climate change adaptation, etc. held in Vientiane Capital, Xayaboury and Savannakhet provinces allowing 803 (307 female) participants from government agencies, students  and farmers to be able to expose to and improve significantly their knowledge and understanding of climate change issues.
  • Developed planning tools for forecasting and development of climate change scenarios on district and watershed level (several GIS layers, water balance assessment). Developed 2 land use maps with climate change characters for Paklay and Outoumphone districts.
  • Integrated climate change criteria into formal village land use planning by DPLD/MONRE.
  • Developed 4 Climate Change Training and Agriculture Adaptation Modules (on climate resilient cropping, livestock management, fisheries and vegetable practices) and implemented trials at pilot sites.
  • 637 household (10%) of the project target farmers reached directly technical support service from government extension officers during piloting of 29 adaptive agricultural practices such as frog raising, duck raising, native chicken raising, pig raising, onion growing etc.
  • Supported communities in drought prone areas with126 large jars (1,000 -1,600 liters/unit), 288 well tube rings (1000 liters/unit), and 7 steel tanks (3,000 liters/unit) for rain water harvesting.  Constructed 15 small scale reservoirs with capacity ranking from 80-7,500 cubic meters (Xayaboury province) and 4 fish ponds with capacity from 1,350-4,500 cubic meters  (Savannakhet province).
  • Flood/drought tolerant rice varieties (TDK1, TDK 1/1, TDK 8 and TDK 11) piloted in an area of about 110 hectares in 4 target districts. The average yield reached 3,6 tons per hectare (about one ton higher than local seed used before the project.
  • Climate Change knowledge is increasingly understood as a long-term challenge to the country in terms of potential impacts on infrastructure, agriculture, the economy and livelihoods.
  • Produced and disseminated 2 climate change videos and numerous posters, booklets, brochures, and T-shirts.            

Who finances it?

Donors    Amount
GEF/LDCF $ 4,445,450
UNDP $ 280,000
Total (cash) $ 4,715,450
Project co-financing $ 12,163,998

Delivery in previous fiscal year

2013: US$ 1,338,191.47
Project Overview
Project Start Date
May 2012
Project End Date
April 2015
Geographic Coverage
Sayaboury Province: Phieng and Paklai Districts / Savannakhet Province: Outhumphone and Champhone Districts
Focus Area
Environment and Energy/Climate Change Adaptation
Project Officer
Mr. Singha Ounniyom
National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI), under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF)
Adaption to Climate Change by Smallholder Farmers in Lao PDR (English)