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The “Improving the Resilience of the Agriculture Sector in LAO PDR to Climate Change Impacts” project is an important example of how UNDP is supporting multiple goals concurrently. This project fights climate change and addresses gender equality simultaneously.

With financing from the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Least Developed Country Countries Fund (LDCF), the “Improving the Resilience of the Agriculture Sector in LAO PDR to Climate Change Impacts” project is an important example of how UNDP is supporting multiple goals concurrently. This project fights climate change and addresses gender equality simultaneously. This project reduces vulnerabilities to climate change impacts relating to agricultural production and food security, serves as a demonstration of community-based adaptive agricultural practices and off-farm income generation, and improves the lives of women.

Read more: Photo Essay: Climate Change Adaptation & Gender Equality in Lao PDR

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When Tai On, pictured here, saw farmers earning money from lemons, he started investing in lemon orchards, which now cover on more than half his land. (Photo: Toby Fricker / UNDP Lao PDR)

For Ki Her, the head of Kioutaloun village in mountainous northern Lao PDR, and 95 percent of the population who grow rice, the change in the weather over the past several years presents significant challenges.

With shorter but more intense rainy seasons, followed by longer dry seasons, farmers are struggling to figure out when is the best time to plant. Moreover, increasing numbers of landslides, land erosion and severe flooding are further affecting the crops grown on the slopes of the northern uplands. 

To cope with the challenge the community is seeking alternative crops that can be more profitable and reliable than rice.

Read more: Lao PDR: Diversifying crops to cope with climate change

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Kongsy and his frogs. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Somlith Khounpaseuth

As the first ray of sun hits the foliage, Kongsy walks up to a small area, fenced off with blue mesh screen at the end of his garden, containing a small puddle. Gentle cooing sounds lure a group of the smallest dwellers in his household garden right into Kongsy’s hands, which are holding a treasure: a bag filled with small pellets, bought at the local market to feed his population of about 100 frogs.

The East Asian bullfrog, known by the scientific name of Hoplobatrachus rugulosus, with its brown rubbery skin freckled with black dots, is small in size but large in benefit. Fresh markets in Laos are teeming with them, as frog meat is an important protein constituent of the rural Lao diet, stewed into large pots or deep-fried in oil. One kilogram of frog meat sells for about USD 3 right in the village and can fetch even higher prices in nearby cities.

Read more: Frogs – A leap towards climate change resilience

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