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New Resource Centre To Provide Better Insight On Food Security

YANGON – A new resource centre in Sittwe promises to help the Government and development organizations to better understand the extent of food insecurity, both in Rakhine State and across the country.

The centre, built and equipped with the support of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), was established to help Government and development staff in the region learn how to collect and analyse data, as well as to inform efforts to fight hunger and poverty.  

“Reliable, evidence-based data and information is critical in making decisions for fighting poverty and hunger, reducing food insecurity and fostering long-term development,” said Dom Scalpelli, WFP Myanmar Resident Representative and Country Director. “We are pleased to work closely with the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development, under the food security and poverty reduction framework, to enhance national capacity in improving national food security monitoring. Their leadership has been remarkable.”

The Sittwe centre is the latest of nine such facilities now established in Myanmar and networked to a central information hub in Nay Pyi Taw. Since 2013, the Government and WFP have established seven other centres in Chin, Kachin, Magway, Mandalay, Sagaing and Shan. Besides helping the Government to research and understand patterns of hunger and food insecurity, the centres host workshops and provide trainings in areas such as survey design, data collection and data analysis. WFP provided computers, analytical software, Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and other resources that help to process development data.

The centres were funded through the multi-donor Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund in support of the coordinated effort by WFP and the Ministry.

WFP and the Ministry is currently in a process of developing a first food security and poverty atlas for Myanmar. The atlas will support the Government in developing its poverty alleviation strategies and will also inform various actors on their programme design to assist the most vulnerable and food insecure people in Myanmar.
Since the first centre was built, WFP has trained almost 300 people, including Government officials and Food Security Information Network partners at local level, in how to conduct food security surveys, mobile data collection and computerized data analysis.    

In Myanmar, WFP provides food and cash assistance to the most food insecure and vulnerable people through relief, nutrition, community assets creation, school feeding and HIV/TB programmes.  WFP currently requires US$51 million to meet overall food assistance needs in Myanmar until the end of 2016.

The Myanmar language version of this news release is available at this link

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

WFP’s work in Myanmar is made possible thanks to contributions from Australia, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the EU, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Japan Association for WFP, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, UN CERF and the United States of America, as well as support from the Government of Myanmar and private sector donors.

 

For more information please contact:
Ayuka Ibe, Head of Unit
Partnerships, Communications and Reports Unit, WFP Myanmar
Email: ayuka.ibe@wfp.org
Tel. +95 01 2305971-6, Ext: 2403

May Myat Swe, Reports and Communications Officer (for queries in Myanmar)
Partnerships, Communications and Reports Unit, WFP Myanmar
Email: maymyat.swe@wfp.org
Tel. +95 01 2305971-6, Ext: 2424

 

 

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