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This article appeared in the Myanmar Times on June 30, 2016.

Project to combat malnutrition launches in Chin State

By Myint Kay Thi.

Through cooking and farming demonstrations, a project starting this month aims to improve nutrition in the rural areas of Chin State, where stunted growth continues to affect a large segment of the population.

22 - 24 June 2016, MIID and Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, co-hosted the second Mekong Extension Learning Alliance (MELA) annual meeting at Novotel Hotel in Yangon. The purpose is to provide a forum for exchanges of common experiences in Agricultural extension and rural services in the Mekong Region. 

June 28 2016, Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development launched an exciting new project to improve food security and nutrition in Chin state.

Press Release

June 28, 2016

Newly-funded project unites agriculture and nutrition to combat child stunting in Chin State.

June 6, 2016, Mr. Joern Kristensen, MIID Executive Director met with Union Minister U Ohn Win and senior staff of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection to discuss further cooperation between the Ministry and MIID.

Myanmar’s rivers provide a critical source of water for navigation and irrigation as well as food production and livelihoods for millions of people. These rivers are also a big part of the country’s plans for development and reducing poverty by harnessing hydropower for electricity and also for generating taxes. Hydropower can be part of a sustainable energy future if designed and operated in a manner that avoids or minimizes impacts on people and their environment.

As Myanmar develops, its river systems risk coming under pressure from increasingly rapid changes. Drivers of change can include human uses of the rivers for food and transport, growth of riverside villages, towns and cities as well as large development projects such as dams.

How do we influence people and change attitudes? This is one of the core questions we ask when we are engaging Government officials and communities around development issues.

On March 16, MIID held a workshop in Naypyidaw with The Nature Conservancy, WWF and DFID titled Balancing Energy for People and Nature: Strengthening the Development Impact of Hydropower Investments through System-Scale Planning. The presentations from TNC and WWF showed how basin scale hydropower planning should incorporate a variety of environmental, social and economic factors. In this way energy goals can be satisfied while minimizing conflict and harm to the environment.

From 12-16 of February, 2016, nineteen participants from the hills of Shan State were brought to Yangon by MIID to learn about bamboo and furniture products.

From 1-6th February 2016, two marketing trainings with 50 participants were undertaken in 6 villages in Southern Shan state with both men and women attending. The training was led by Thirimay Women’s Development Cooperative Society with MIID and focused on products grown in the village including groundnut, bamboo and ginger. The training looked at how to improve the value chain of these products to ensure better outcomes for villagers.

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