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Donor support helps WFP expand activities in Myanmar

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School children in marginalised areas are among the thousands of people receiving WFP food assistance in Myanmar.

YANGON, Myanmar,  9 January 2008 - Humanitarian food assistance activities of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will expand in Myanmar during 2008, building on work undertaken during 2007.

At the end of the first year of a 3 year programme, WFP has reached 500,000 beneficiaries with assistance that enables vulnerable communities to overcome chronic food shortages.

“Not only have we helped marginalised communities to overcome the immediate difficulties they experience during the monsoon period, but through creative programming we are helping to reduce the size of the food gap in these areas by improving livelihood opportunities” said Chris Kaye, WFP’s Country Director in Yangon.

The work has been acknowledged as vital by donors notably Australia, the European Union, Japan and Switzerland who generously supported WFP operations during 2007.

Recent contributions from the Governments of Norway, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Denmark and Estonia have helped to ensure the continuity of operations into 2008.

The Government of Myanmar facilitates the work of WFP by granting access to the several of the most marginalized areas of the country.

In so doing, it acknowledges the needs of people whose lives are constrained by poor access to land and other livelihood opportunities. Many of those supported are from former poppy growing communities in the eastern border areas of the country.


Operating in Myanmar in collaboration with 22 UN and NGO cooperating partners, WFP provides food assistance to vulnerable persons in Myanmar including HIV/AIDS and TB patients under treatment and school children in marginalized areas of the country.

A programme giving nutritionally-enriched foods to mothers and children addresses malnutrition that prevail in several operational areas.

Over three years, WFP plans to reach a total of 1,600,000 vulnerable people at a total cost of US$51.7 million.

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