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Agriculture, water and health in Myanmar

The integrated project launched in 2017, supports the country to overcome the problem of malnutrition.

We are helping to improve agricultural production, access to water and access to healthcare

Over the course of 2017, with the support of the University of Milan and the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (‘National Institute of Health’, ISS), Eni Foundation completed the feasibility studies for the project and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health and Sport. Eni Foundation have committed to funding and managing the project through to completion. The initiative focus on the townships of Myothit, Magway and Minhla, all of which are located in the Magway region. Eni Foundation has set a number of objectives in the fields of agriculture, water and health. For Agriculture component, the project aim to improve crop productivity and farmers' resilience by supporting the rural advisory service for the promotion of good agricultural practices (GAPs), and to optimise access to irrigation technology in the field of horticultural production and nutritional safety on both at domestic and community level. 

At the same time, Eni Foundation aims to support the multi-level management system to collect and systemize the agricultural production, water supply and groundwater data. For Water component, Eni Foundation aims to improve access to water for irrigation and drinking purpose at selected priority sites, with in total of 20 water wells and 11 water ponds. For Health component, Eni Foundation is also committed to: encouraging behavior change in hygiene and maternal & child health, improving service delivery in rural and secondary health centres through special training, providing energy, water facilities, equipment and furniture, supporting the regional health authority training on communicable diseases, providing nutrition and micronutrients for infants suffering from severe acute malnutrition, low birth weight and improve the link between communities and the public health system.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action plan signed in September 2015 by 193 UN member states. It comprises 17 goals designed to promote the socio-economic  development of communities and territories. In keeping with Goals 2, 3 and 6, this project is helping to combat malnutrition and improve the agricultural productivity (Goal 2), is helping to promote community welfare and health (Goal 3) and allows us to work together to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation (Goal 6).

 

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Inland villages where the Eni Foundation is working to provide agriculture, water and health support

Safety first

We believe that workplace safety is a fundamental principle that we share with employees, contract workers and local communities. That is why we do everything we can to avoid accidents, including organisational models for assessing and managing risks, training plans, developing expertise and promoting a culture of safety.

Partnerships and Implementation agency

Eni Foundation is fully supported by the Ministry of Health and Sports and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation at national level. The Magway regional department of agriculture, department of rural development, department of irrigation and water, and the regional department of public health are directly engaged in the initiatives implantation, providing facilities, technical personnel, equipment and any other support Eni Foundation might require. Eni Foundation also work in conjunction with the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (‘National Institute of Health’, ISS) and various scientific partners, including the University of Milan.  Eni Foundation selected its implementation organizations following the tender process. The NGO selected are the AVSI Foundation (AVSI) for the water component, and Progetto Continenti Myanmar (PC Myanmar) for the health and agricultural components.