By Upendranadh Choragudi13 September 2020
The recently concluded 35th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) hosted by Bhutan, the first being held in virtual form, expressed concern that the COVID-19 induced economic downturn and subsequent measures taken by countries combine to push hundreds of millions of people into hunger, poverty and acute food insecurity and malnutrition, reversing a decade or… Read more
3 May 2019
THAR YAR SU, Myanmar—Opening the lid of her rice cooker, a luxury bought when power finally came to their village in central Myanmar three years ago, Tin Aye scooped out two fat ladles for breakfast. “I cannot go without eating rice. Since the start of the day, all my stomach asks for is rice,” said the 52-year-old mother of three, laughing. Myanmar is a nation… Read more
1 January 2019
The Myanmar public is still being exposed to certain harmful dyes used in food, authorities say. Despite public awareness about food safety some people still don’t know the dangers of food colored with harmful artificial dyes. Apart from making the food colorful and more appetizing, dyes have no nutritional value. But food sellers continue to use them, including in such basic ingredients… Read more
15 September 2018
Poké (pronounced “POH-keh”), a Hawaiian staple of raw diced fish tossed with rice, vegetables, and sauces has come to Yangon. The healthy dish is not restricted to containing fish at the Poké Bar which opened three weeks ago opposite the new Krispy Kreme at Bahan Township’s Time Link. The small, colorful joint fuses traditional and modern tastes in a menu that offers sets or… Read more
25 February 2018
The Bidyanondo Foundation wants to expand its operations all around the world, with a vision that no child will remain hungry. “After coming here [Bangladesh], my family members and I ate ‘khichuri’ (a food made with rice and lentils) for quite some time. One day, the blue-dressed men came and gave us noodles. I liked the noodles. Many other children also liked it.” “The next… Read more
26 January 2018
A few cows are tied to a tree in the 40 degree Celsius heat. That's how Myanmar dairy farmer U Ouh Kyau grazes his cattle, as is the way in the Southeast Asian nation now blighted by ethnic cleansing. As a cow wrestles against a rope tying it from nose to branch, visiting dairy advisor Kent Weston-Arnold inspects a slightly underweight six-month-old calf. "If I get you a… Read more
17 November 2017
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… Read more
12 August 2017
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… Read more
By Sing Lee16 August 2017
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… Read more
By Thu Thu Aung21 August 2017
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… Read more
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