Domestic demand for farmed fish in Myanmar has risen substantially over the past 10 years, with many small-scale fish farms emerging across the Ayeyarwady region. That’s led to a budding economy of aquaculture-related businesses along the value chain as well as more innovative uses of new farming methods and technology. Between 2004 and 2014, fish production in the Ayeyarwady Delta is estimated to have increased by 2.5 times, while the area occupied by fish ponds is estimated to have… Read more
Local Myanmar company Fedwell Foods announced this week that it is partnering with Stand as One Ministry Canada to send over 1 million meals to the people in crisis in Ethiopia, especially children attending schools. Hunger is having a dramatic impact on young children in particular as many school aged children are dropping out and are at risk of dying of acute malnutrition in this eastern Arican countries. Fedwell Foods has a motto - When I was hungry you fed me. This attitude of sharing… Read more
Farmers are beginning to reap the benefits of the rapid growth in mobile phone use in Myanmar through apps that are providing them with a wealth of information. KO THEIN SOE MIN was inspired to develop an app for farmers to link them to agricultural specialists after working for Relief International in Rakhine State from 2014 to 2015. “When the farmers encountered an issue, they used to call me directly. We [NGO staff] were not always available, and sometimes we needed to contact someone… Read more
YANGON — Thousands of people are facing a food crisis in the remote Naga Self-Administered Zone on the Myanmar-India border in northern Sagaing Region, according to regional lawmakers and a local body. The mountainous townships of Lahe and Namyun routinely deal with food shortages, particularly during wet season when routes are flooded, according to the Council of Naga Affairs (CNA). But this year, the situation has been intensified as the region struggles to cope with the aftermath of a… Read more
A study conducted by the World Food Programme (WFP) has prompted United Nations to warn of the heart-rending situation that over tens of thousands of starving Rohingya children are malnourished. Upon assessing 45 villages in the western Rakhine state between March 16 and April 10 of this year, the report stated that 80,500 children – who are five years old and below – are malnourished as each one of them failed to meet the minimum adequate diet. “Preliminary data of early… Read more
YANGON, July 5 (Reuters) - More than 80,000 young children may need treatment for malnutrition in part of western Myanmar where the army cracked down on stateless Rohingya Muslims last year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday. Myanmar's security forces launched a counter-offensive in the northern part of Rakhine state after attacks by Rohingya insurgents that killed nine border police in October. About 75,000 people fled across the nearby border with Bangladesh in a crisis… Read more
YANGON, Myanmar - Investments in the health, nutrition and well-being of the youngest children in Myanmar are yielding dividends, UNICEF said as momentum is building up towards the global celebration of Father’s Day on 18 June.  In recent years, children in Myanmar have benefitted from dramatic increases in exclusive breastfeeding rates - from 27 per cent in 2009 to 51 per cent in 2016. There has also been a rise in improved coverage and quality of health care resulting from the… Read more
The Philippines and Myanmar have agreed to further discuss agriculture and food processing investments under a Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation to address the challenges of food security, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez announced. This was among the cooperation agreed during the official visit of President Rodrigo Duterte in Myanmar after meeting with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. A Memorandum of Understanding… Read more