Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chain Sector Project in the CDZ (CFAVC)$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.
CFAVC will increase the climate resilience of critical rural infrastructure, enhance the quality and safety testing capacity, strengthen
technical and institutional capacity for climate smart agriculture (CSA), and create an enabling policy environment for climate friendly agri-businesses to promote environmental sustainability. Overall, the project expects to benefit at least 35,000 households
for a total of 156,000 people including 80,000 women. In terms of infrastructure, the project will upgrade irrigation, farm roads, buildings, farm machinery, post-harvest equipment, seed testing equipment, and agrometeorological stations in 10 Department of
Agriculture (DOA) seed farms for the production of improved and/or climate-resilient seed. The project will focus on promoting CSA and agri-business by deploying climate resilient varieties of rice, beans, pulses and oilseeds. The project will also strengthen
the capacity of seed growers, agro-dealers, and regional government staff on GAP/CSA technologies and practices, certified seed production, and farm mechanization. Similarly, agri-businesses will be trained on business plan development, efficient manufacturing practices and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points, value addition and improvement of food quality and safety, the facilitation of access to inputs (seeds of climate resilient varieties, quality agrochemicals etc.), farm mechanization services, and off-farm rural livelihood opportunities through the establishment of an agricultural digital finance service to benefit at least 35,000 smallholders.
No results are yet available because the project is still in its early stage of implementation. Overall, the project expects to benefit at least 35,000 households, for a total of 156,000 people, including 80,000 women. On its own, the agricultural digital finance service should benefit at least 35,000 smallholders.
Dr. Srinivasan Ancha
Win Le Le
Official Project Documents:
- GAFSP Proposal
- Cover Letter
- Endorsement Letter from in-country Working Group
- Agriculture and Food Security Strategy
- Agriculture Policy
- Technical Review Report
- Country Response to Technical Review