Vientiane, 17 October 2017
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the United Nations in Lao PDR inaugurated the celebrations of the World Food Day 16 October and International Day and National Week for the Eradication of Poverty 17 – 24 October dedicated to the theme of “Change the future of Migration. Invest in Food Security and Rural Development” and “a Path Towards Peaceful and Inclusive Societies”.
The official ceremony took place at the National Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development Research Institute Meeting Hall and was followed by an exhibition of organizations involved in Food Security and Rural Development.
The inauguration was presided over by the H.E. Minister and Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Phet Phomphiphak, H.E. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. PhouangParisak Pravongviengkham, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Kaarina Immonen, and the FAO Representative to Lao PDR, Dr. Stephen Rudgard.
In his remarks, H.E. Dr. PhouangParisak Pravongviengkham noted that the Lao PDR has endorsed the Sustainable Development Goals to eradicate poverty and hunger, and particularly the policies to promote food security and rural development. National strategies reflect these priorities, and programmes are being implemented to bring about the changes in future of migration or agricultural labour in rural areas.
Dr.Stephen Rudgard stressed that the UN is providing assistance to address the structural reasons that cause people to move so that migration is safe, orderly and regular, and that it contributes to economic growth and improves food security and rural livelihoods.
The UN recognizes that the poorest and most hungry people suffer the most from climate change, and 80 percent of them live in rural areas. They earn their living and feed their families from the sector that bears most of the impacts.