Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Burma

April 21, 2017

Food Security Situation

Map of Burma
CIA World Factbook
  • Burma, a country in transition, has an estimated population of approximately 56 million comprising 135 different ethnic groups. Regional production disparities caused by local policies, high food prices, pest outbreaks, limited agricultural and financial inputs, armed conflict and communal violence pose threats to nationwide food security. . 

  • Access to adequate and nutritionally-balanced food in Burma remains a major challenge for the most vulnerable populations. Twenty-six percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and an estimated 17 percent of households are food insecure. More than one-third of child deaths are due to under-nutrition, and 35 percent of children under age five are stunted.

Food Assistance Programs

  • In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) has contributed $5 million to the UN World Food Program (WFP) to reach 172,000 displaced people with locally and regionally purchased food as well as cash transfers, where accessible markets and functioning cash infrastructure exist in the targeted area of operation.

  • In FY 2016, FFP contributed $7.5 million to WFP. This assistance supported WFP to purchase food locally and regionally for approximately 55,000 of the more than 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable communities in Kachin, Northern Shan and Rakhine states as well as those affected by floods last August.

  • FFP also supports UNICEF to reach more than 10,000 severely malnourished children with ready to use therapeutic food.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $5.0 million 4,782 MT
Fiscal Year 2016 $8.4 million 5,342 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $13.0 million 13,968 MT

Fiscal Year 2017 Contibution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency ---- ----
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $5.0 million 4,782 MT

Note: MT: Metric Ton; EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program (funded with International Disaster Assistance funds)
Food security and refugee information provided by WFP and FAO.
FY 2017 contribution based on funds obligated to date.

Last updated: April 21, 2017

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