New Findings on 2013 Food Security, Poverty and Nutrition Survey in Myanmar’s Dry Zone

On January 14 January 2014, WFP Myanmar in cooperation with Save the Children and the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development presented the findings of a joint survey on food security, poverty and nutrition in the country’s Dry Zone. The new report published by leaders in the area of food security and nutrition in Myanmar explores the linkages between poverty, food security and nutrition in the country’s Dry Zone. The findings will help experts better understand the root causes of malnutrition, and will significantly contribute to Myanmar’s rural development and poverty alleviation programmes.

The survey, which was conducted in June and July of 2013 and is representative of the whole Dry Zone, found that:

  • More than one quarter of all interviewed households in the Dry Zone (26.1 percent) lives below the poverty line and almost every fifth household (18.5 percent) is food insecure;
  • Chronic and acute malnutrition was found to be widespread among the assessed children with 12.3 percent of children under 5 years acutely malnourished, 27.5 percent chronically malnourished and 27.2 percent underweight.