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07 Jun 2016 description

A new village for people displaced by landslides in Mawchi, Kayah State, in 2015, was opened yesterday to house more than 360 people.

The village, which was named “Brighter Future Myanmar” by the local people after the KBZ Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation, which funded the construction of the village, includes 60 houses, one school and one library.

The village is also equipped with two water tanks with a total storage capacity of 8,000 gallons and a pipe system to supply water to each home and one 100 KVA transformer for electrification.

02 Jun 2016 description

Les premières prévisions de la FAO concernant la production mondiale de blé de 2016 font entrevoir une petite diminution, de moindres volumes étant attendus en Europe et aux États-Unis d’Amérique.

02 Jun 2016 description

Ongoing conflicts and droughts exacerbate food needs

Food insecurity spreads as El Niño casts its shadow over Pacific and Caribbean states

2 June 2016, Rome - Drought linked to El Niño and civil conflict have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, according to a new FAO report.

31 May 2016 description

FAO, with funding from the Central Emergency Response Fund, provided emergency livelihood support to 10 000 flood-affected households (around 50 000 individuals) in Sagaing region, Myanmar. Beneficiaries have received livestock and agricultural inputs in advance of the next rainy season. Landless families received either two piglets or ten chickens each, including vaccines and feed for two months. Farming families received agricultural and home gardening kits, including fertilizer, farming tools and vegetable seeds.

30 May 2016 description

LANDSLIDE victims from four villages in Falam Township will be relocated to proposed residential areas that do not overlap with proposed location for a 16-acre sports complex or with a site chosen for the construction of a high school, said Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye in yesterday’s Amyotha Hluttaw session.

30 May 2016 description

The rainy season in Myanmar last year caused serious flooding. Since then, volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation had distributed rice seeds in Yangon Region's Hmawbi and Taikkyi townships. In mid-May, Tzu Chi volunteers also traveled to Sagaing's Kalay township to visit poor villages. While there, we distributed rice, blankets, and relief aid to the farmers in need.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • In April, WFP reached more than 205,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin, northern Shan and Rakhine States and flood-affected areas with cash or food assistance.

  • Over 3,000 people, recently displaced by disasters or conflict, in Kachin and Rakhine States and Mandalay Region received WFP’s life-saving food assistance.

23 May 2016 description

Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. It is also home to a number of long-running conflicts that exact a human toll. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) places women and girls at the center of humanitarian response. Every year the number and frequency of disasters (whether natural or conflict-related) is increasing, with millions of people displaced from their homes.

12 May 2016 description

12/05/2016

Daw Thein Shwe’s house in Taung Ywar Ward appears to be leaning. The roof is patched together with tarpaulin and bamboo and slopes precariously over the single-storey structure. It looks unlikely to withstand a strong storm, let alone the impending monsoon rains. Reflecting on the torrential rains that struck the township of Buthidaung in July and August last year, Daw Thein Shwe expresses her desire to maintain the house. “I don’t know how the future weather conditions will be and so I want to improve the house,” she told FAO.

09 May 2016 description

Life as a widow in Warcha village, Rakhine State is not easy. An Bira Hatu says she cannot afford the cost (around USD25 per month per child) of sending her children to the secondary school in the village down the road, but she hopes this will change next year. Her and her three children aged 10 to 16 rely on food assistance and the income from the children’s casual agricultural labour to survive. “Now we are receiving FAO assistance with goats, we will be able to generate more income.

03 May 2016 description

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – United Nations agencies today welcomed the generous contributions made by the Government of Japan to their operations in Myanmar. The four agencies – the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) – received a total of JPY 3.76 billion (approximately USD 31.7 million) in contributions.

02 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • In March, WFP reached 162,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Kachin, northern Shan and Rakhine States as well as flood-affected people, with cash or food assistance.

  • In March, more than 52,400 pregnant and nursing women and malnourished children, including from IDP families, received blended food from WFP.

  • WFP currently requires USD 30 million to meet overall food assistance needs for the next six months.

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22 Apr 2016 description

NAY PYI TAW, MYANMAR – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $10 million grant from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction to rebuild cyclone-damaged community infrastructure and restore livelihoods in villages in Chin state—the poorest and most remote part of Myanmar.

22 Apr 2016 description
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The ADB program in Myanmar has provided loans, grants and technical assistance to grow the country’s economy and improve the lives of people, particularly the poor, women, children and other vulnerable groups.

ADB is supporting Myanmar’s economic and social transition, with development loans and grants amounting to $991.5 million from 2013 to 2015.

The ADB program in Myanmar aims to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth. It ranges from transport, energy, and telecommunications to water supply, rural and urban development, skills, and capacity building.

18 Apr 2016 description

Heavy rains caused floods in several parts of Myanmar since June 2015. It’s even worse that Cyclone Komen made landfall, bringing strong winds and additional heavy rains to the country for several weeks, which resulted in widespread flooding across 12 of the country’s 14 states. More than 1.7 million people were affected and 840,000 acres of paddy fields were destroyed, where farmlands in six states including Rakhine, Ayeyarwady, Bago, Sagaing, Magway and Yangon were severely damaged. Experts forecasted the floods would cause a decline of rice production by 2 million tonnes.

12 Apr 2016 description

Iraq: The humanitarian situation in besieged Fallujah continues to deteriorate. Supply lines have been cut off since December, when government forces surrounded the city. Islamic State is reportedly preventing people from leaving. Prices of basic food stuffs are 500% above December prices for the third consecutive month. Acute shortages of food, medicine and fuel, as well as cases of starvation and suicide, have been reported.