Household food security for COVID-19 pandemic responding

Chanthaly Syfongxay, a proud recipient of the Australian Alumni Innovation Grant, works to support a pilot project which promotes collective organic farming in Khai village in Xieng Khouang. Ambassador Paul was inspired by her project and by how she is using her knowledge and skills in horticulture, project management and research which she gained during her time in Australia to improve the livelihoods of her local community.

Chanthaly’s project has now trained 62 women from three villages in Paek district on how to better manage their household gardens for COVID-19 economic recovery. These women have then shared this knowledge on food security, garden management, and strategies to prepare for changes to the COVID-19 situation to their local communities. This project has helped women in Xieng Khouang province not only to make more nutritious food but also to generate extra income for their families.

This alumni story was originally posted on Australia in Laos

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