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


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


WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 13, 2016 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a US $25 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) to help Lao PDR strengthen its road maintenance systems and improve road connectivity throughout the country.

Read more: Lao PDR to Strengthen and Climate-Proof Rural Roads with World Bank Support


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