WFP Myanmar Country Brief, March 2017

from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Mar 2017


  • In the northern part of Rakhine State, WFP assisted 25,500 food-insecure and vulnerable people. The majority of displaced people returned to their villages of origin.

  • WFP successfully completed the second round of disbursements for the e-wallet pilot project in Kachin State, which included three additional camps in March.

  • WFP conducted a mission assessing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for humanitarian preparedness and response.

Operational Updates

  • In the northern part of Rakhine State, WFP delivered food to 25,500 food-insecure people who had either been displaced or lost their homes or livelihoods during the recent security operations in the area. A majority of displaced persons in the area returned to their villages either as a result of the Government’s authorisation or on their own individual initiative.

  • In Kachin State, WFP successfully completed the second round of disbursements for its e-wallet pilot project. In addition to the three camps in Myitkyina, the project was expanded to include three additional camps in Waingmaw, thus targeting a total of 284 households or 1,400 displaced people. All participants received their monthly cash assistance through accounts on WFPprovided mobile phones without major technical issues.

  • On 17-24 March, WFP carried out a mission in preparation for the development of a coordination model for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for humanitarian preparedness and response. Fully funded by the Government of Belgium, the mission identified local actors currently working with UAVs and conducted assessments to gather information on current developments, activities and plans from humanitarian actors in Myanmar related to the potential use of UAVs for large-scale humanitarian emergency operations. The novel technology holds the promise of a diverse portfolio of rapid strategic planning applications that are already being effectively used in humanitarian response operations around the globe.

  • In order to support the Government of Myanmar in realising its own first-ever national school feeding programme, WFP and representatives from the Government went on a study tour to Brazil to visit WFP’s Centre of Excellence against Hunger. The purpose of the trip was to enable Government officials to enhance their knowledge on the development of multi-sector and sustainable school feeding models, and included representatives from the Ministries of Education, Health,
    Agriculture and Border Affairs.

  • In the framework of South-South and triangular cooperation, WFP sponsored a study tour for staff members from the Government of Myanmar to the Philippines. The objective was for the two Governments to share best practices in the area of logistics preparedness and response and for the Government of Myanmar to learn from the experiences of the Philippine emergency preparedness and response model, which is considered the best in Southeast Asia.

  • The results of an external evaluation of WFP’s Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) in Myanmar, conducted in August-September 2016, were finalised and published. The evaluation assessed WFP’s assistance across its main activities as well as capacity strengthening in Myanmar. Overall, the evaluation team found the PRRO to be a well-implemented programme that was being delivered in a challenging and dynamic environment. The operation was relevant and appropriate to the needs of the target groups, although some outcomes were constrained by factors including funding shortfalls. To read the full report, please use the following link: