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FAO and the Government of Myanmar share a long history of cooperation since Myanmar became a Member State in 1947. The FAO Representation was established in 1978 and Ms Xiaojie Fan, a national of China, has been the FAO Representative in Myanmar since September 2016. FAO continues to work closely with the Government of Myanmar and has become an important partner and the main contributor of technical assistance to the Government.

Together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC), the Ministry of Planning and Finance, and other ministries and departments, FAO works to improve agriculture-based livelihoods and support rural development across Myanmar.

FAO’s work in the country have been supported and delivered in collaboration with a wide variety of national, regional and international development partners.

FAO Operations in Myanmar

Since the very beginning, FAO has been committed to support the Government in defeating hunger and achieving sustainable food and nutrition security. With its technical expertise, FAO is delivering a wide range of projects and programmes in Myanmar. These are appropriately divided between support to the Government to strengthen policy planning and implementation across the country’s agriculture sector, and field-level interventions providing immediate and long-term support to rural livelihoods.

FAO’s field programme in Myanmar consists of technical cooperation as well as emergency assistance projects, including direct support to agriculture-dependent communities. Recent interventions in the country have focused to enhance and diversify agricultural production, improve livestock productivity, reduce post-harvest losses along the value chain, enhance sustainable forestry and natural resource management, improve the sustainability of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture in coastal ecosystem, mitigate and adapt to climate change, and strengthen the adaptive capacity and resilience of fisheries and aquaculture-dependent livelihoods.

Resilience building and emergency assistance to meet unexpected and immediate needs

Myanmar is highly prone to natural disasters and has experienced several significant disasters in the last 10 years. Building resilience and provision of emergency support to vulnerable communities in the country remains a key priority for FAO.

After Cyclone Nargis, FAO supported the rehabilitation of farming, coastal fisheries and aquaculture livelihoods in the Ayeyarwady Region, while in 2015, FAO responded to critical needs of affected by Cyclone Komen populations. Today, FAO continues to respond to the needs of vulnerable communities affected by natural disasters and man-made crisis.

FAO technical assistance also reduces vulnerabilities of rural households and communities, as well as enhances Government capacities through Disaster Risk Reduction/Disatser Risk Management (DRR/DRM).

Furthermore, continuous support is being provided to control avian influenza and other animal diseases, linked to regional disease control efforts.