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Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chain Sector Project in the CDZ

$27 million to support an enabling environment that reduces the incidence of poverty, malnutrition and food insecurity among the rural poor.


The Government of Myanmar recently formulated the Agriculture Policy (Second Short Term Five Year Agriculture Policies and Plans) with its vision statement for the development of the agriculture sector: an inclusive, competitive, food and nutrition secured and sustainable agricultural system contributing to the socio-economic well-being of farmers and rural people and further development of the national economy. It is estimated that at least 37% of the 51.4 million population live under the poverty line. Myanmar’s stunting rate ranks 106 out of the 132 countries surveyed by UNICEF, and it is among the top ten countries most affected by global climate risk. About 70% of the population in Myanmar resides in rural area and agriculture sector being their main economic activities. Agriculture sector contributes 30% of national GDP, however the land based benefits being obtained by the farmers are extremely low. Farmers in the Central Dry Zone (CDZ) face mounting challenges that threaten the production of key crops, such as insufficient rainfall, shortage of labor, increased foreign competition, and a lack of access to quality seed.


The Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chain Sector Project in the CDZ project will provide support to improve access to land, water, finance and skills necessary for the rural poor to engage in productive livelihoods activities. This includes supporting services that reduce malnutrition among children, increase households access to financial services, and create opportunities for the rural poor to engage in the non-farm economy. This will reduce food and nutrition insecurity, and increase income diversification, leading to greater resilience and agriculture-led economic growth for Myanmar. 

The project will cover up to eight townships in the CDZ, where it is estimated that 100,000 poor people will be impacted, of which half are expected to be women. It will target woman and households who are landless or are farming less than two hectares.  

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Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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