laos-irinKioutaloun, Laos (IRIN) – Lemons and sweet bamboo may not be associated with frontline efforts to adapt to climate change in most parts of the world, but in Kioutaloun village in northern Laos, rice farmers hit by landslides, land erosion and severe flooding are looking to different crops.

“When the farmer starts planting upland rice he needs rain for fast growth. If there is no rain within a month, then it’s not good,” said Ki Her, head of Kioutaloun village, where mostly the Hmong ethnic group live.

Khamphone Mounlamai, of the National Agricultural Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, told IRIN that the villagers are noticing shorter, but more intense rainy seasons, followed by longer dry seasons.

Read more: Diversifying crops to cope with climate change


The National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) has launched a pilot project in the provinces of Savannakhet and Xayaboury to help people adjust their lifestyles to cope with the realities of climate change.

Read more: UN project helps farmers adapt to climate change


Government officials met with international organisations and representatives from civil society, the private sector and international NGOs yesterday to discuss future activities under the Forest Investment Programme (FIP).

The funding envelope for Laos and Burkina Faso is US$20-30 million in grant financing for the FIP from the Multilateral Development Banks.

“We hope to receive about US$30 million for the implementation of this project in Laos,” Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's Forestry Department Dr Silavanh Sawathvong said.

Read more: Experts mull reforestation programme


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