WFP in Myanmar continues to provide emergency food and nutrition assistance to reduce the impact of growing food insecurity – Myanmar
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Providing a daily meal for a family of 10 is a daunting task for Ma Khine who lives in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Yangon city. With six children and four adults, including a disabled family member, the household needs almost 4 kilos of rice a day. The family of 10 relies on the eldest son earning 8,000 kyats a day – equal to or less than US$5 – and this money is then managed by Ma Khine to support the entire family. With the rising prices of basic foodstuffs across the country and the lack of financial income within the family, borrowing money just to buy basic food items has become an unfortunate practice for Ma Khine.
“As the price of food and other essentials continues to rise, we have no choice but to borrow money on hard days. loan, which leads to increased interest. And when you can’t pay the interest, it’s added to the principal.”explained Ma Khine, who is the head of the family.
The situation of Ma Khine’s family mirrors that of many people in the Yangon area, where the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is providing emergency food and nutrition assistance to reduce the impact of growing food insecurity. . The concurrent health and political crises have also had a devastating effect never seen before in urban and peri-urban areas of Yangon and Mandalay.
The right to food is a human right and everyone deserves the right to adequate food and the right to be free from hunger. Therefore, with the support of donors including Australia, Denmark, Italy, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, Sweden and other private donors, WFP has reached 1.7 million people across Yangon and Mandalay, many of whom share similar stories like Ma Khine.
WFP assistance also extends to children, and the field team has delivered Ready-to-Use Supplementary Foods (RUSF) to more than 46,900 children aged 6-59 months, living in four townships in the peri-urban area of Yangon. These food deliveries help prevent acute malnutrition and are part of WFP’s Blanket Supplementary Feeding Program (BSFP).
This nutritional support aims to immediately offset the risk of malnutrition in children as they receive reduced meals or less nutritious foods affected by increased food insecurity.
Vulnerable children under 5 receive a monthly ration of RUSF containing 15 sachets. One RUSF sachet is consumed every other day and is primarily intended for children. The complementary food is consumed directly from the sachet without the need to dilute, mix or cook it.
WFP remains committed to supporting the people of Myanmar as they face the heavy burden of increasing food insecurity and malnutrition.