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Background paper: Current situation and future opportunities in agricultural education

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Myanmar is an agricultural based country,  with the agriculture sector contributing 34% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 23% of total export earnings, and employing 63% of the labour force. About 75% of the total population reside in rural areas and are principally employed in the agriculture, livestock, and fishery sectors for their livelihood. Given the importance of agriculture in Myanmar, agricultural education, research, and extension are important priorities. In the process of developing the agricultural sector, conducting training and offering educational programs of international standard are crucial to the development of human resources.

This background paper looks at the agricultural education system for the agriculture sector, agricultural research and agricultural extension (i.e. the application of research and new knowledge to agricultural practices via farmer education).

This background paper is part of the overall diagnostic review of agriculture and food security in Myanmar, undertaken by MDRI-CESD and Michigan State University.

Publication name: Background Paper No. 5: Current situation and future opportunities in agricultural education, research and extension

Author(s): Khin Mar Cho

Supported by: USAID

Publication date: July 2013

Language(s): English

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