WFP Myanmar Country Brief, February 2020


In Numbers

619,500 people assisted in February 2020

3,620 metric tonnes of food distributed

US$ 1.3 million cash-based transfers made

US$ 28.3 million six months (March - August 2020) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

Rakhine: In February, intensified conflict between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army, a Rakhine ethnic armed group, resulted in fresh population displacements. Despite minor delays in food distribution given the unstable security situation, WFP reached 13,800 newly displaced people across Rakhine.

In northern Rakhine, WFP assisted 95,000 conflictaffected people in February with emergency food and nutrition assistance, including 2,800 pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and 16,560 children aged 6-59 months in Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships. While in central Rakhine, WFP provided 130,500 food-insecure people with relief food and cash assistance, including 26,800 children aged 6-59 months and 5,500 PLW who received fortified blended food.

Meanwhile, the Government of Myanmar reimposed a temporary suspension of mobile internet services in four townships of Rakhine State and Paletwa Township of Chin State. The internet shutdown hampered WFP’s ability to communicate on a timely basis on operational issues with its cooperating partners.

Kachin: WFP assisted 44,500 displaced people with cash-based transfers. In addition, WFP provided fortified blended food to 1,200 children aged 6-23 months and 1,710 PLW.

Shan: WFP distributed food and cash to 10,300 people displaced across northern Shan State. WFP’s monthly nutrition assistance benefited 1,780 children aged 6-23 months and 950 PLW.

Southeast: In Myawaddy Township of Kayin State, WFP conducted feasibility assessments for potential assets creation and livelihoods activities. The proposed projects include land development and road rehabilitation, aiming to provide returnees and food-insecure populations with livelihood opportunities and to minimise the risk of flooding in the low-lying areas during the monsoon season.
WFP staff, together with its cooperating partners, is coordinating with the local authorities on the programme planning and implementation, which is expected to be rolled out in the second half of 2020.