Improve the Food and Nutrition Security of vulnerable populations in selected areas in Eastern Shan State, especially women of reproductive age and infants
Food insecurity and malnutrition remain a challenge for the poorest and most vulnerable people in rural areas in Eastern Shan State. Among the most affected are women and children with a high malnutrition and child mortality rate. Causes of malnutrition are thus manifold, and in order to fight it, a multi-sectoral and multi-level approach is required. The project will therefore address three interlinked sectors: health, agriculture as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
As studies have pointed out, early childhood nutrition, especially during the first 1000 days (from conception until the age of two), has crucial long-term consequences on cognitive outcomes, educational attainment, adult earnings, chronic morbidity, and premature adult mortality.
Hence, efforts to improve the nutritional status of adolescent girls, women and young children are vital to ensuring long-term national development. Better nutrition will result in improved intellectual capacity, greater economic productivity and lowered risk of non-communicable diseases of the target communities.
The project will be aligned with the Myanmar National Action Plan for Food and Nutrition Security (MNAPFNS), a multi-sector national action plan for food and nutrition. Cooperation partners are local and international Non-Government Organisations as well as regional government departments.
Embedded within the Strategy on Transitional Development Assistance of the German government, the project will support short-term gains while laying the foundation for long-term improvements in household welfare.