UNDP Lao Project Brief (June 2011)

Lao PDR has a predominatly subsistence agricultural economy with 80% of people involved in some form of agricultural activity. However people face widespread food insecurity, with over 30% of the population experienceing shortfalls in rice, the staple crop. This insecurity is a significant dimension of poverty vulnerability and is linked, ccording to analysis provided by the World food Program in 2007, to a range of factors including loss of access to natural resources, sudden increases in food prices, and increasing incidence of flooding and drought. Climate change is emerging as a signficant additional risk to development in Lao PDR, with the potential to increase the vulernability of the rural poor.