Treduce poverty by improving food security

This is a success story about improving the living conditions of people in rural areas by improving food security, whether it is farming and animal husbandry such as rice cultivation, mixed cropping, goat raising and so on. The story below is just a part of the success that we will try to collect and spread to all of you to know more. We invite you to enjoy reading our articles.

A frog breeder who starts from zero to become a knowledgetransferer to the people in the village

Tan is 32 years old, lives in Sinonxay Village, Atsaphone District, Savannakhet Province. There are 4 people in the family: Tan, his wife and 2 children. They are engaged in farming, which in the past did not have enough rice to eat every year. When the team went down to assess that his family would receive support for frog raising activities. He said: "I don't have knowledge and experience about raising frogs, I'm afraid that they won't grow up, I'm afraid they'll die because I don't know the technique and how to raise them" but the project team also explained that we will be the facilitators, give knowledge, introduce techniques and provide him with frogs.

In 2021, the project supported 500 frogs, provided equipment for 1 frog breeding tank, 1 feeding head and 8 meters of sun protection cloth as well as introduced and taught techniques on how to raise frogs, feeding, changing water, including finding natural food supplements that are easily found in the home such as: termites, moonshine, insects, etc. Because he is someone who learns quickly and is successful, he became an important person that the villagers respect and often come to ask for advice on raising frogs. It can be said that he represents the project team that can provide knowledge and suggest good methods to the community.

Tan said: "When I received the activity and worked until it was successful, I now felt proud to receive the activity. After receiving the activity, the family has changed for the better, the income has increased (the income from selling frogs is about 450,000 kip/time).

Written by: Thavone Keokhamvong, Date: July 2023

The Participatory Community Development for Livelihoods Improvement and Nutrition Promotion in Rural Areas (LAN)

Mr. Lerm's child was saved from being a malnourished child

Mr. Lerm is 39 years old, lives in Houayduea village, Atsaphone district, Savannakhet province. There are 5 members of the family: Mr. Lerm, his wife and 3 children. The youngest child is under 5 years of age. He is malnourished, weak and weak. His family is a farmer, whose main income comes from selling animals, selling potatoes and forest products. Because their families are poor and have children who are malnourished, the project has given many activities such as: promoting access to toilets, promoting income generation (raising goats, raising frogs and growing mushrooms).

In the first phase of 2021, the project went to support and promote access to toilets, but because they are a poor family, the project also provided frog breeding activities, which included: 1 frog breeding tank and 500 small frogs. After the activity of raising frogs, Mr. Lerm became aggressive and determined to raise frogs so that the family has better food. Some days he brings frogs for food, some days he brings frogs to sell to buy pieces - buy fish to eat, so that their diet is getting better. Seeing his determination and initiative, along with his family's lack, the project continued to provide goat breeding activities, which gave 4 goats along with advice on breeding methods, vaccination techniques and maintenance. Currently, his goats are strong, fat and beautiful and have given birth to 8 kids.

In 2023, the project also supported the mushroom cultivation activities for Laos, by providing 50 mushrooms, 2 tons of lime, 1 bag of corn, 1,000 bags of mushroom bags and 1,000 bags of mushroom bags, and advised the cultivation techniques and maintenance to produce good results. Currently, he can collect mushroom flowers to eat and sell to buy other food. Vegetables to increase income generation and food reserves for the family by receiving advice from the project team on techniques for making biological fertilizers, composting and composting from nature. At the beginning of 2023, the team visited and evaluated her child again, which found: her child is free from malnutrition, a normal child and a healthy child.

Written by: Saiphet Xayseevone, Date: July 2023

The Participatory Community Development for Livelihoods Improvement and Nutrition Promotion in Rural Areas (LAN)