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Our world’s current food systems threaten planetary and human health, calling for a new, sustainable approach if communities are to survive the side effects. Myanmar is taking this step by transitioning its food system from the traditional to an interconnected global food system. The country is developing approaches, programs, and policies that support the sustainable food systems transformation and emphasize nutrition, local food security, food safety, gender equity, and economic development of the majority.

In Myanmar, the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) has been implementing a climate-smart agriculture program that supports nutrition-sensitive agriculture and women’s economic empowerment for the past four years. IIRR is working with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), to use science and co-innovation to nudge food systems and actors towards better outcomes and initiate sustainable food systems programming in Myanmar.

In partnership with the International Development Research Center (IDRC), IIRR and CIAT are conducting a three-part online conference, bringing together experts to discuss sustainable food systems in Myanmar. The goals of these events are to share concepts and experiences on sustainable food systems, to identify existing programs which may contribute towards a more healthy, sustainable and socially-inclusive food system in Myanmar, to identify needs, concerns and opportunities in building a sustainable food system in Myanmar, to commence potential partnerships and collaboration among stakeholders, and to prioritize areas of possible investments to start the work of sustainable food systems. At the end of these online events, a synthesis report will identify future areas of research, policy recommendations, and considerations for future programming in Myanmar.

We invite you to take part in these events:

Watch Part 1: Myanmar Food Systems, Livelihoods, and COVID-19

Register for Part 2: Food System-Related Initiatives in Myanmar

Register for Part 3: Transforming Food Systems in Vietnam, Philippines, and Cambodia