WFP in Myanmar

The overall objective of WFP in Myanmar is to contribute to more equitable development across the country, and support national reconciliation efforts by reducing poverty, food insecurity and undernutrition, responding to disasters and increasing resilience among the most vulnerable communities.

WFP’s specific objectives for 2015-2017 are:

  • prepare for and respond to natural disasters and other shocks in support of the Government;
  • assist post-disaster recovery by rehabilitating productive community assets to improve household food security and create socio-economic opportunities for the most vulnerable;
  • address undernutrition among children and pregnant and lactating women (PLW), and support at-risk groups such as people living with HIV (PLHIV) and tuberculosis (TB);
  • improve access to, and enrolment and attendance at, primary schools; and
  • improve the sustainability of responses to food insecurity and undernutrition through knowledge-sharing and capacity development.

In 2015, from Country Office in Yangon and nine field offices, WFP assisted more than 1.1 million women and men, girls and boys in Ayeyarwaddy, Bago, Magway, Chin, Kachin, Kayin, Kokang, Mon, Rakhine, Sagaing, Shan, Wa and Yangon states/regions through:

  • Relief: providing emergency food assistance to 770,000 IDPs and most vulnerable and food-insecure people, affected by the 2015 nationwide floods and recurring or continued armed conflicts;
  • Nutrition: prevention and treatment of malnutrition amongst almost 62,000 malnourished children under the age of 5 and 16,000 PLW;
  • Community asset creation: providing temporary job opportunities to and benefiting 17,000 food-insecure populations with food/ cash as well as creating community asset that would mitigate the impact of future disasters;
  • School feeding: in partnership with the Ministry of Education to work towards nationalization of Myanmar’s school feeding programme, daily on-site feeding of high energy biscuits were provided to 300,000 children;
  • HIV/TB programme: provision of food-by-prescription for 13,000 PLHIV/AIDS on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and TB clients on DOTS and DOTS-Plus, to ensure adherence to treatment and successful recovery.

Do you know that:

  • In 2015, WFP purchased 44,000 metric tons of rice locally which was distributed across the country. Twenty five procurement contracts for rice, valued at US$5.1 million, were awarded to Rakhine small vendors, contributing to smallholder farming in Rakhine State and local economy.
  • WFP is chairing of the United Nations network for nutrition under the Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) movement, in 2016 with more members.
  • WFP in collaboration with the Ministry of Livestock, Fishery and Rural Development established six resource centres across Myanmar in 2015, enabling the Government to analyse and respond to the country’s food insecurity and poverty.
  • Furthermore, to foster capacity development efforts with the Government and thus ensure sustainability, WFP in collaboration initially with FAO, UNICEF and WHO, in the framework of the newly established Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger and Undernutrition (REACH) partnership in Myanmar, provided technical support to the Government in developing the Myanmar National Action Plan for Food and Nutrition Security 2016-2025.