VIENTIANE, Laos – SEARCA and the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) conducted the Laos 1st National Consultative Meeting for the ASEAN Network on Promoting Climate Resilience of Rice and Other Crops project on 21 February 2014 at the NAFRI Office, in Vientiane, Laos. NAFRI is the focal agency of the ASEAN Technical Working Group on Agricultural Research and Development (ATWGARD), represented by Mr. Pasalath Khounsy, Deputy, Research Management Section, Planning and Cooperation Division.
The consultative meeting brought together national agricultural research think tanks from the Laos Department of Agriculture (DOA); Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)/International Rice Research Institute (IRRI); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Land Management and Rural Economic Development Programme (GIZ/LM-RED); and the Provincial Agriculture Offices of Xayabouri and Luang Prabang.
Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, SEARCA Regional Agricultural Value Chain/Climate Resilience Expert cum Team Leader, provided the participants an overview of the project, and facilitated the workshop that aims to: (1) identify areas where there are climate change vulnerable elements in the supply of rice and maize in Laos; (2) identify good practice case studies for climate adaptation of rice and maize; and (3) use the lessons from these case studies to stimulate and spread meaningful adaptation responses across the ASEAN region. Dr. Outhai Soukkhy, National Team Leader for Laos, facilitated the meeting.
The consultative meeting is the first of two national meetings under the project funded by the ASEAN-German Programme on Response to Climate Change (GAP-CC). (Kristine Joy S. Villagracia)