Handover of 225-MT rice to help the poor affected by the floods in Lao PDR
The ceremonial handover of 225-MT rice donated by the Japanese Government through the APTERR Tier 3 programme was held on 12 March 2018 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Representatives from the Ministry of Agricultures and Forestry, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Lao PDR, the Japanese Embassy, the World Food Programme, and the APTERR Secretariat attended this significant event.
The Lao Government expressed sincere thanks to the Japanese Government for a generous rice contribution under the APTERR’s Tier 3 programme as well as the APTERR for cooperation in the programme.
225-MT rice will be allocated to 22,500 poor people affected by typhoon Songka and Dorksouri, in Khammoune and Savannakhet provinces. This is under the Japan’s FY2015 contribution to the APTERR Tier 3 programme. The rice had been stored in Lao PDR since May 2017 to prepare for providing a rice assistance to fulfil the needs of people amid an emergency situation.