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|Loan Name||Northern Region Sustainable Livelihoods Through Livestock Development Project|
|Country||Lao People's Dem Rep|
|Project Number||35297- 01|
|Source of Funding/Amount[Approved]||
|Sector/Subsector||Agriculture and Natural Resources / Livestock|
|Gender Mainstreaming Category||Gender equity theme|
|Description||The Project will (i) improve livestock growth through the introduction of improved forages from contracted nurseries supported by the Project, supply seed and planting material and provide training in forage establishment, management and feeding to livestock and develop other animal feed sources; (ii) improve livestock survival through better management of livestock movements, improved disease monitoring, and support for emergency vaccinations; (iii) improve livestock fertility through smallholder training coupled with demonstrations using project supplied equipment; and (iv) improve management practices through farmer training, demonstrations of livestock management. The second component is directed at enhancing village capacities and participatory approaches used in identifying public investments and managing village resources to ensure participation of the poor households and women in project benefits, while the third component addresses implementation management of the multi faceted Project involving the cooperation of a number of government agencies, CBOs and private organizations and individuals.|
|Outcome||Progress Toward Outcome|
|Enhanced Village Livestock Management|
|Outputs||Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)|
Improved On-farm Livestock Production Technologies
Developed Market Efficiency and Livestock Enterprises
Strengthened Participatory Extension Networks
Effective Community Driven Development
Strengthened Project Implementation Management
The Project has made significant progress in livestock production groups (LPGs) formation, 1,502 groups with total member of 12,312 hh participating in livestock activities compared to a target of 12,000 hh. The Project continues to expanding forage production aiming to improve both feed availability and nutrition requirement for livestock; 5,010 hectares (ha) of forage (grasses, the legume stylo, and cassava) have been planted compared to the target of 3,000 ha. A total of 69 on-farm demonstrations have been established compared to a target of 72. Training of LPGs on improved livestock production systems has been conducted through demonstrations farms and on-farm supported by the EWs. In addition, farmer to farmer cross visits have been started, involving 1,618 members of LPGs.
One of the project objectives is to establish market linkage and enterprise development to support livestock rearing in order to achieve the project goal in improving the sustainability of livelihoods of upland smallholders in Northern Lao PDR through improved incomes, food security and nutrition by enhancing livestock productivity under integrated upland farming systems. Although there are many achievements including the introduction of promising technologies, improving capacity and skills of EWs; however, farmers still regard the livestock as a saving, not as an income generating activity.
Several trainings on technical and community-driven development related topics have been conducted for EWs and DLWU staff, these include livestock production and management, agro-marketing and micro finance, planning and reporting. Extension workers are skillfull in supporting farmers on improved livestock production technologies such as planting forage, building animal house and vaccination, but their capacity is still limited on working with farmers on moving to market-oriented production system. The Project has planned to strenghten their capacity on this area during 2012.
Various technical trainings have been conducted for District Extension Workers and District Lao Women Unions, these include livestock production and management, agro-marketing and micro finance, planning and reporting, community organizations, PRA and gender awareness. Various trainings havealso been imparted for community LPG related to livestock production and management, credit and saving, and community development. Some of the EWs have increased their knowledge and practical skills from those trainings and can support the farmer groups better especially in relation to forage productions. Similarly, the Lao Women's Union staff have improved skill and confident in mobilizing community through participatory approach and village livelihood fund management.
Regional Office (RO) and each PIU have been equipped with necessary staffing and equipment. The Mission appreciates the strong commitment of the RO and provincial project implementation unit (PIU) staff, and notes their capacity has improved over time.
|Geographical Location||Eighteen priority poor districts of the northern provinces of Luang Prabang, Xieng Khouang, Luang Namtha, Bokeo, and Huaphanh.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Provincial/District Agriculture and Forestry Offices, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Instituation, National Agriculture and Forestry Extension Services, line agencies, Lao Women's Union, co-finnanciers, NGOs, civil sociaty organization, etc...|
|During Project Implementation||Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Provincial/District Agriculture and Forestry Offices, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Instituation, National Agriculture and Forestry Extension Services, line agencies, Lao Women's Union, co-finnanciers, NGOs, civil sociaty organization, etc...|
|Responsible ADB Officer||
|Responsible ADB Department||
Southeast Asia Department
|Responsible ADB Division|
|Concept Clearance||10 Feb 2006|
|Fact-finding||13 Feb 2006 to 16 Feb 2006|
|Appraisal||14 Jun 2006 to 19 Jun 2006|
|Board Approval||29 Sep 2006|
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