Myanmar: analysis of the economic fallout and food insecurity in wake of the takeover

Prior to 1 February 2021, 2.8 million people were considered food insecure in Myanmar. WFP estimates that 1.5 to 3.4 million additional people could be at risk of food insecurity and in need of assistance due to the economic slowdown provoked by the political crisis in the coming three to six months. This is largely because poor people have lost jobs and income, making it harder to afford food. This paper examines the potential immediate, direct impact risking household food security: assume that the major impact on food insecurity runs through loss of income, which limits household economic access to food.