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Striking a Balance: Managing El Nio and La Nia in Lao PDRs Agriculture

This reports purpose is to help Lao policy makers and stakeholders prepare for future El NioSouthern Oscillation (ENSO) events. It does this by providing information on ENSOs poverty, economic, and agricultural impacts in Lao PDR and outlining ways forward. The report finds that ENSOs impacts vary from region to region and harm Lao PDRs people, economy, and agricultural sector. The country has sought to prepare for climate risks through climate change adaptation and disaster risk management but could do more to prepare specifically for ENSO events. Preparing for ENSO is important because of Lao PDRs exposure to ENSO-related climate shocks, the importance of agriculture in the national economy, the rural populations climate and economic vulnerability, and the lack of research on ENSO in Lao PDR.This report is timely given the lack of research on ENSO in Lao PDR and the high likelihood the country will face another El Nio in the near term. It is difficult to disentangle ENSOs impacts from those of other climate shocks, natural disasters,and economic cycles. This makes it more difficult to design policies and response mechanisms that help mitigate ENSO-related welfare losses and economic damages.This report evaluates El Nio and La Nias impacts on Lao PDRs agricultural sector particularly crops, livestock, and fisheriesand how these have implications for the economy and society. It then looks at the actions undertaken by the Lao government to mitigate the losses associated with climate risks. This includes actions to prepare and respond to climate change and natural disasters. Next, the report simulates how well certain policy options mitigate ENSO-related GDP and welfare losses. It concludes by recommending actions to enhance Lao PDRs preparedness for future ENSO events.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Adaptation
  • Agriculture
  • Climate change
  • Environment and natural resources
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Yes
Version / Edition 1
License Creative Commons Attribution
Author (individual) William R. Sutton, Jitendra P. Srivastava, Mark Rosegrant, Jawoo Koo, and Ricky Robertson
Publisher World Bank Group
Publication date 2019
Pagination 82
Keywords Striking a balance : Managing El Niño and La Niña in Lao PDR’s agriculture
Date uploaded May 14, 2019, 04:14 (UTC)
Date modified December 4, 2019, 04:56 (UTC)