This project, “Addressing Climate Change Risks in Water Resources and Food Security in the Dry Zone of Myanmar”, seeks to minimize the increasing impacts of climate change on agricultural and livestock production cycles in the Myanmar Dry Zone. From increasing temperature and water evaporation, to declining water availability, more frequent droughts, and intensifying weather events especially flash floods and cyclones, the local economies of this region are expected to be impacted by climate change. Analysis of drought occurrence over the past few decades has confirmed that the Dry Zone has turned into the most food insecure region in the country. The adaptation activities of this UNDP project will be implemented in five townships in the Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway Regions –Shwebo and Moneywa townships in the Sagaing region, Myingyan and Nyaung Oo townships in the Mandalay Region, and Chauk township in the Magway Region.

Myanmar’s Dry Zone is one of the most climate sensitive and natural resource poor regions in Myanmar. The Dry Zone lies between latitudes 19° 20″ and 22° 50″ north and longitudes 93° 40″ and 96° 30″ east, stretching across the southern part of Sagaing Division, the western and middle part of Mandalay Division and most parts of Magway Division. It’s situated in the rain shadow area of the Yakhaing Yoma and obtains most of its rainfall from the southwest monsoon. The Dry Zone covers approximately 54,390 km2 and represents about 10% of the country’s total land area. It’s the third most densely populated region in Myanmar, at 123 people per km2. Across the Dry Zone, water is scarce, vegetation cover is thin, and soil is severely eroded.

The major economic activities in the Dry Zone are subsistence farming such as paddy, sesame and groundnuts, and small-scale livestock rearing. Many landless people are working as seasonal farm labourers, migrating to urban regions during non-planting time to find temporary employment. Chronic poverty in Myanmar’s Dry Zone has been directly correlated with the effects of drought and dry spells.

 

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Project Component 1: Response to the climate-induced reduction of freshwater supply US$ 4,279,400
Project Component 2: Climate-resilient food and livestock production systems US$ 2,316,760
Project Component 3: Improved climate risk information dissemination US$ 782,000
Project execution cost US$ 106,024
Total project cost US$ 7,289,425
Implementing Entity Project Cycle Management Fee US$ 619,601
Grant Amount US$ 7,909,026

 

Project Documents

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Project document PDF 2 MB
1st PPR XLSX 141 KB
2nd PPR XLSX 590 KB