Project profile — Livelihoods and Food Security Fund


UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services (41502)
2019-03-15 - 2022-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Myanmar (100.00%)


• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (6.25%)
• Banking And Financial Services: Education/training in banking and financial services (24081) (10.00%)
• Agricultural development:
Agricultural development (31120) (73.75%)
Agricultural financial services (31193) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


Canada's support to LIFT aims to reduce poverty among vulnerable populations in northern Rakhine State by: increasing economic and livelihood opportunities, improving nutrition outcomes, and increasing the resiliency and empowerment of women across Rakhine, including Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. The project achieves these outcomes by funding local NGO initiatives via the UNOPS-managed Livelihoods Food and Security Trust (LIFT). The project also enhances and improves intercommunal social cohesion within these communities by incorporating peacebuilding into all financed projects. Project activities include: (1) working closely with men, women and their children to increase household income and assets through financial literacy programs that target village savings and loans associations (VSLAs); (2) supporting technical vocational and life-skills training for those displaced in the protracted crisis in Rakhine; and (3) targeting women with awareness raising activities around nutritious feeding practices during pregnancy and after childbirth to improve nutritional status of Rakhine family units.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) improved nutritional status of Rakhine State community, particularly of women and children; (2) increased household income and assets with greater control by women; (3) reduced vulnerability of households and individuals to economic shocks, stresses, and risks; and (4) strengthened collaboration between Rakhine State communities and civil society on gender-responsive and inclusive social cohesion policies and programs.

Results achieved 

Results achieved through the Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT) as of March 2022 include: (1) 13,470 individuals reached with LIFT-supported nutrition sensitive interventions (9,384f) (Cumulative 44,776 of which 27,023f); (2) 68% of children under 6 months in LIFT areas are exclusively breastfed; (3) 115,027 individuals supported with access to LIFT- supported financial services (individual clients) (111,391f); (4) 1364 individuals reached by LIFT-supported agricultural advisory services (820f); and (5) 1479 individuals successfully completing LIFT supported training who establish their own enterprises (including trafficking survivors).

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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