FSP in Myanmar currently focusses on generating evidence for enabling key stakeholders, especially the new Myanmar government, to promote broad-based agricultural transformation and rural economic growth. The project’s carefully targeted and focused research, together with policy analysis and engagement, is designed to improve public policies and investments. Activities are undertaken in a way that strengthens coordination among key stakeholders –government, private sector, civil society and donors. The anticipated outcomes are a policy environment that enhances smallholder productivity and income growth, and encourages domestic and international agribusiness investment.
Centre for Economic and Social Development
Yezin Agricultural University
Status: Core-funded country and Associate Award
Photo: Fishermen in Myanmar (credit: Benjamin Belton)
Until recently, the government of Myanmar, previously named Burma, forced all farmers with designated paddy land to grow rice on these plots. The goal was to ensure national self-sufficiency in rice production. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy (FSP) in Myanmar has advocated for relaxing these restrictions, to allow farmers the freedom to farm whichever crops they prefer. The government was responsive to these messages, and lifted restrictions on the choice of field crops that could be grown on paddy land. Already, after only a couple of years, the change in crop management has allowed farmers to generate much more income from crops such as beans.
A workshop to present the results from a detailed study of aquaculture, agriculture and the rural economy in 40 villages in four townships in Yangon and Ayeyawaddy Regions. Yangon, Myanmar. June 30, 2017.
Aquaculture sector is fast developing in Myanmar and South East Asia. What are the nutritional differences between farm fish and wild fish? It's about micronutrients. An FSP blog on Agrilinks.