Laos

As 5-year program ends, 29 communities in Laos are well on their way to lasting food security

FRB's Laos - Xieng Khouang program is doing exceptionally well after 5 years of funding. The project has exceeded expectations and is growing quickly! As a result, FRB will phase out funding for this program with confidence that these 29 communities in Northeast Laos are well on their way toward lasting food security. Read on to learn how they're doing it!  

07/10/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Ten years down the road, sustainable development continues in Laos

Community development takes many years of work before you start seeing its fruits. We sometimes become discouraged at the slow pace of change, especially when working in remote and challenging contexts. The continued success of villages like those in FRB's Laos Xieng Khouang program gives us hope that our approach works in the long run.

In the 80s, ZOA, a Dutch relief organization, began working with Laotian villagers who were returning to barren lands after the Vietnam war to rebuild their lives. ZOA’s focus was livelihoods.

12/27/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

EthnoArts in Laos

One of FRB's members, World Renew/CRWRC, shared this video with us. While it does not direcly feature participants of the Laos-Xieng Khouang Program, staff from that program did participate in the workshop and their learning will impact the communities in Xieng Khouang. Mark Fennema, a World Renew staff member in Laos, shared more information on the video:

06/21/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Intercropping Corn & Beans Boosts Soil Fertility in Laos

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Trials by farmers in the northern green highlands of FRB’s Laos-Xieng Khouang program have shown that planting beans in between rows of corn plants is improving the soil and increasing yields.

An increasing population, not enough land, and deteriorating soil fertility have all contributed to local farmers’ worry, “How long will my family be able to survive off this land?” They’ve got clear evidence that beans replace the nitrogen used by corn. By intercropping beans and corn and increasing the overall organic matter in the soil, they’re improving their depleted soils and seeing higher corn yields. 

03/06/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More
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