Rapid changes are taking place in rural Myanmar, including an increase in incomes and food availability according to the Household Survey 2013, produced by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). The survey was implemented by ICF International and its partner Myanmar Survey Research (MSR).
In late 2011 LIFT conducted a Baseline Household Survey covering 252 villages spread across Myanmar’s geographic zones. In 2013, LIFT commissioned ICF International to conduct a second household survey covering 2,400 LIFT households and 800 control households in 200 villages.
The results have been compiled in LIFT’s Household Survey 2013, and clear comparisons with the baseline study tell a story of rapid change in both LIFT supported and control villages. The results show that many of the changes are greater in LIFT households, suggesting that LIFT interventions are positively impacting the lives of targeted poor rural communities. Significant changes include an increase in food availability. In 2011, 75 percent of LIFT households reported experiencing food shortages at least one month out of the year. By 2013, this number had fallen to 10 percent. Households in both LIFT supported and control villages also reported more variety in the foods they consume. Other important changes were increases in the average number of assets owned by households. Recent purchases included farming equipment, vehicles, electronics and solar panels. There was a marked increase in the use of solar power over kerosene/oil lamps, with solar charged batteries providing the most common source of lighting.