LAOS / HEALTHY DIETS

16-May-2019 00:02:31
The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday (15 May) concluded a joint visit to the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) with a call for greater investment in nutrition. FAO
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STORY: LAOS / HEALTHY DIET
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SOURCE: FAO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / LAO / NATS

DATELINE: 14 MAY - BAN BOR / 15 MAY - BAN BOR SCHOOL, XAY DISTRICT / 15 MAY - BAN HOUAY JAY, LAO PDR
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14 MAY - BAN BOR, LAO PDR

1. Various shots, children receiving food in a village school
2.Various shots, children eating
3. Tilt up, Children filling up watering cans
4. Wide shot, children water plants in garden
5. Close up, sign reading in English “GROW TO EAT, EAT TO GROW”
6. Tilt down, greenhouse garden
7. Tilt down, children washing hands

15 MAY - BAN BOR SCHOOL, XAY DISTRICT, LAO PD

8. Wide shot, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and WFP Executive Director David Beasley and IFAD's Sub-regional Director Thomas Rath being greeted by school children
9. Med shot, Beasley shaking hands with children
10. Med shot, Graziano da Silva and Beasley interacting with school staff
11. Med shot, Graziano da Silva, Beasley, and Rath sitting behind a table at school
12. Med shot, Graziano da Silva interacting with school children who are having meals
13. SOUNDBITE (English) José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
“Providing adequate nutrition for children is the best investment that we can do for the future of a nation.”
14. Various shots, school children with Graziano da Silva, Beasley, and Rath at the School Meals Programme Handover Ceremony
15. SOUNDBITE (English) David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“At the World Food Programme working with our partners FAO and IFAD and with you, the people and the leaders of Lao, I do believe that we can accomplish and achieve great things for our children and a great future for Lao.”
16. Various shots, visit to a school garden

15 MAY - BAN HOUAY JAY, LAO PDR

17. Various shots, Rath, Graziano da Silva, and Beasley at the site of Agriculture for Nutrition Programme, listening to briefing of the latest of project
18. Med shot, women feeding children
19. Med shot, woman cutting a carrot

14 MAY - BAN BOR, LAO PDR

20. Various shots, woman cooking as children looking on

14 May – Ban Houy Jay, Lao PDR

21. Close up, sign reading “Houy Jay Village, Pasture Plot for Propagation”
22. Various shots, men collecting grasses
23. Close up, chicken at farm
24. Med shot, man feeding chicken

14 MAY -BAN HOUAY JAY, LAO PDR

25. Various shots, woman planting
26. SOUNDBITE (Lao) Dao Keopaserth, Project Beneficiary:
“Our 6 months up to 2 years kids can get high vitamin when eating green vegetables.”
27. Wide shot, woman planting
STORYLINE
The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday (15 May) concluded a joint visit to the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) with a call for greater investment in nutrition.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and WFP Executive Director David Beasley made the three-day visit, together with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)'s Sub-regional Director Thomas Rath, to raise awareness about the importance of integrated food systems to improve food and nutrition security, and to see first-hand the impacts of the three agencies' collaborative programmes.

Lao PDR has made good progress over the past twenty years in reducing poverty and hunger, but malnutrition remains an obstacle to the country's aim of becoming a middle-income country.

The delegation visited Ban Bor school in Xay District that is taking part in the nationwide school meals programme that encourages healthier diets for children.

Graziano da Silva and Beasley witnessed the handover of WFP's school feeding programme in more than 500 schools to the Government. Under the programme, which WFP started in 2002, nutritious meals are provided by WFP to 140,000 schoolchildren in 1,450 schools to enhance learning and health.

SOUNDBITE (English) José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
“Providing adequate nutrition for children is the best investment that we can do for the future of a nation.”

Communities are supported to establish and manage school vegetable gardens that ensure fresh, local produce is available for the school meals and also teach children about nutrition.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“At the World Food Programme working with our partners FAO and IFAD and with you, the people and the leaders of Lao, I do believe that we can accomplish and achieve great things for our children and a great future for Lao.”

Stunting affects around one-third of children aged under five, and rural areas are worst affected. Improving access to healthy, diversified diets is vital to improving nutrition.

During their visit, Graziano da Silva and Beasley met the Lao PDR Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Agriculture.

The delegation also visited several sites in the country's northern Oudomxay Province which is part of a large joint food security and nutrition programme, Agriculture for Nutrition, that benefits around 400 villages in four northern provinces.

SOUNDBITE (Lao) Dao Keopaserth, Project Beneficiary:
“Our 6 months up to 2 years kids can get high vitamin when eating green vegetables.”

The programme is being implemented to help boost nutrition in rural areas, in joint collaboration between FAO, IFAD and WFP, and with the Government of Lao PDR and other partners.
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