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Presentation: The essential role of agriculture

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CESD presented on the government’s role in promoting a dynamic agricultural industry to the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development in Nay Pyi Taw on 20 January 2016.

CESD introduced a possible pathway for transforming Myanmar’s agriculture and food system, and examined the role of agriculture in promoting rural economic growth, reducing income inequality, and facilitating growth in other sectors of the economy.

CESD provided recommendations on the role of government in promoting the agricultural sector,  namely:

  • Strengthening land tenure security by reviewing the legal frameworks that govern  land use;
  • Supporting improved access to finance  for farmers and input companies with an enabling banking and micro-financing environment;
  • Improving access to new agricultural technologies;
  • Improving access to information for farmers and traders;
  • Improving agricultural statistics to monitor the development of the sector over time;
  • Suppporting a regional approach to rural growth;
  • Providing an enabling environment, with sound macro-economic, trade and investment policies.

The presentation was made as part of a forum held to discuss Myanmar’s graduation from Least Developed Country status.

Presentation name: The essential role of agriculture in Myanmar’s economic transition

Authors: Duncan Boughton, Aung Hein and Ben Belton

Supported by: Michigan State University, USAID, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRA) and Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT)

Publication date: 20 January 2016

Languages: English and Myanmar

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