Country Nutrition Situation

Myanmar faces a number of nutritional concerns, namely child stunting, wasting and micronutrient deficiencies. Of children under five years old, 19.1% are underweight, and 26.7% and 6.7% of this age group faces stunting and wasting, respectively. Meanwhile, 35.6% of children between 6 and 59 months are anaemic, as well as 51.1% primary school age children, 29.8% adolescent girls, 40% pregnant women, 35.4% lactating mothers and 30.3% women of reproductive age.


Under Five Stunting


Under Five Wasting


Under Five Overweight


0-5 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding
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Dr. Zar Ni Htet Hlaing

National Coordinator SUN Business Network Myanmar

What is SBN doing in Myanmar

SBN Myanmar has four thematic areas of focus:

Increasing fortified food production

Improving food safety in supply chains

Increasing investments in health and nutrition in the workplace

Nutrition awareness and education

For each of the SBN focus areas, activities have been defined for the SBN to implement during the start-up phase (2020-2021). The activities have been verified in consultation meetings with business and non-business stakeholders in Myanmar. The activities show the key roles of an SBN: convening, matchmaking, advocacy, knowledge development, financing and awareness creation.

Activities of the SBN Myanmar for 2020 and 2021 are:
Internal: organisational development (convening)
1.Develop a strong SUN Business Network in Myanmar
External: developing focus areas (convening, matchmaking, advocacy, knowledge development, finance and awareness creation)

  1. Food Fortification and Food Safety: improve the capacity of the private sector to produce and market fortified, healthy and safe food 
  • 2.1 Convening: Set up the SBN focus-group on food fortification/food safety
  • 2.2 Production: facilitate meaningful support and partnerships
  • 2.3 Sales/distribution/marketing (combination of matchmaking, finance, knowledge and awareness):  increase nutrition awareness & demand
  • 2.4 Government/enabling environment (advocacy role)
  1. Health and nutrition in the workplace: promote nutrition in the workplace among SBN members
  • 3.1 Convening: Set up the SBN focus-group on promoting health and nutrition in the workplace
  • 3.2 Increasing nutrition awareness (knowledge role)
  • 3.3 Government / enabling environment (advocacy role)
  1. Nutrition awareness and education: make food businesses and consumers in Myanmar more aware of nutrition and healthy diets
  • 4.1 Create business awareness about the role that business can/should play in nutrition in Myanmar
  • 4.2 Increase consumer awareness of the importance of healthy and responsible eating

Year of Action

Like any crisis, the one we face now is a turning point. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed profound systemic failures in the systems that support nutrition. Sustaining investments in essential life-saving nutrition interventions and food security programs will be key to protect hard-won nutrition gains. But we must also draw the lessons from the pandemic and build forward better, more resilient and efficient food, social protection and health systems in support of nutrition – as recommended by the UN Secretary General in the Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition (watch his video address here).

On December 14th 2020, the Governments of Canada and Bangladesh, in partnership with the Government of Japan, hosted a virtual launch of the Nutrition Year of Action . This has set in motion a year-long effort that will be punctuated by major global events in 2021, including the UN Food Systems Summit (alongside the UN General Assembly in September) and the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit (in Tokyo, Japan, in December). This global momentum is much-needed. But we must remember there is no one-size-fits-all for countries. Systemic solutions must be country specific and country-owned if to get the results we all hope for.

Building on SUN’s multisectoral work in countries, this Year of Action presents a unique opportunity to align global players and financial incentives behind country-led actions to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable, while priming the systemic transformation needed to achieve the nutrition goals and catalyze progress towards the SDGs.

Learn more on the SUN Movement’s approach:
A SUN vision statement for the 2021 Year of Nutrition – English / Français / Español
Guidance for SUN stakeholders in 2021, the Year of Nutrition Commitments – read here
A SUN briefing for engaging Parliaments in the Nutrition Year of Action (available here in both Word and PDF files).

Recommitting to nutrition as a central component of COVID response and recovery, and as a long-term development priority, is the only sure way to deliver on the World Health Assembly Nutrition Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals. The time to act is now! “

Hon. Karina Gould Canada’s Minister of International Development, and Lead Group Member of the SUN Movement

Sun Countries Take Action

Recent/Upcoming National dialogues in SUN countries

Congratulations to the Cambodia SUN Focal Point who was appointed as National Convener for in-country Food Systems Dialogues! Cambodia’s first national dialogue happened on January 18th.
Congratulations to Bangladesh for organising the first National Food Systems Summit Dialogue on January 21st 2021! Read its full report
Congratulations to Ethiopia for holding a High Level Roundtable on Ethiopian Food Systems –a major milestones of this year of action for Ethiopia which has put together an excellent roadmap to track action and progress towards the UN Food Systems Summit.
Congratulations Nigeria! On February 23, the Government of Nigeria has rolled out its first National Food Systems Dialogues (NFSD) across the country. See full details here.
Congratulations to Guatemala for organizing its first National Dialogue on February 26! More details here.
Country-driven, country-owned food systems transformations

Global awareness is rising on the need to transform our food systems if we are to achieve nutrition targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit in September 2021 that aims at launching bold new actions to transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food. It is a summit for everyone everywhere – a people’s summit. It is also a solutions summit that will require everyone to take action to transform the world’s food systems.

Along this journey, it is critical to recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all solution at the country level. Every country needs a tailor-made approach. This will require dialogues across multiple sectors to reach a confluence of perspectives and develop a collective, systemic, and sustainable path forward. Global stakeholders must facilitate this process and align behind country-owned solutions for results and impact. This focus on country-led systemic change is fully aligned with the SUN 3.0 strategy.


The Food Systems Summit Dialogues will offer one of the most dynamic ways to engage SUN stakeholders at the country level to engage in national-level dialogues, bringing food system stakeholders together and engaging them in considering how they can unite around transformative actions in support of the SDGs. The aim is to collectively define national pathways towards more resilient, nutrition-sensitive, and climate-smart food systems at the country level.

SUN Stakeholders are invited to engage in these Dialogues actively, building on the SUN multi-sectoral/multi-stakeholder work and bringing the SUN priorities to the table. As such, Dialogues can kick-start the SUN 3.0 strategy, revitalize ownership of the nutrition agenda at the highest political level and initiate commitments to transformative action in order to achieve sustainable impact for people’s nutrition, in the lead up to the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit.