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On March 21 and 22, 2018, the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), alongside the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Care International, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association (MRPPA), hosted the Myanmar Rubber Forum 2018 in Nay Pyi Taw. This year’s theme, “Sustainable Rubber Value Chain Development,” brought together international, government, private and local stakeholders to provide inputs on how to assess, target and develop Myanmar’s rubber sector. Distinguished guests including H.E. Vice President U Myint Swe, H.E. U Aung Thu, Union Minister of MOALI, U Ye Tint Tun, Director General of the Department of Agriculture, U Yu Sein, Chairman of The Rubber Producers and PA, Dr. Christy Williams, Country Director of the World Wildlife Fund, and Dr. Zaw Oo, Executive Director of CESD opened the forum with their inputs and views of Myanmar’s rubber industry. (more…)
The CESD field team has been busy visiting townships in Chin and Shan State collecting data on cultivation practices and current practices. The baseline survey seeks to understand avocado cultivator practices and identify their challenges and needs. Avocados are a nutrient-rich, high protein fruit with extensive international demand, especially in large, developed markets such as the United States, Japan, and China. The baseline survey will ultimately provide a set of next steps and recommendations for the Myanmar government, private sector institutions, and NGOs to provide Myanmar’s budding avocado cultivators. (more…)
As Myanmar begins to integrate itself into the global economy, CESD has sought to connect global best practices in value chain development to Myanmar’s ongoing modernization. Between December 20-22nd, the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) presented its findings at the International Chamber of Commerce and Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ICC-ESCAP) Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand. CESD’s Senior Program Coordinator, Ms. Nang Seng Pen, attended the workshop and presented CESD’s findings on how to upgrade Myanmar’s Agroforestry Value Chain. The value chain analysis specifically focused on rubber farmer development in Mon State, Myanmar.
CESD has organized four workshops across Myanmar to solicit discussion and debate between stakeholders on the status of food and agriculture in Myanmar, especially food security, nutrition, land, and livelihoods. The workshops are part of an ongoing nation-wide dialogue on inadequacies and opportunities in Myanmar’s food and agriculture industry. The four workshops have served a multi-tiered role addressing policy shortcomings at the national and state levels, as well as coordinating public and private sector coordination to improve key agriculture sectors. (more…)
On Tuesday, 31st October the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) was proud to attend the stakeholder consultation of the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) hosted by MoALI, the German International Cooperation (GIZ), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MoALI), and European Union (EU). The Programme is a jointly implemented project between the Myanmar Department of Fisheries (DoF) and GIZ served with working with farmers, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Government and Non-Governmental Organizations, the private sector, academia and other stakeholder members of the aquaculture value chain to sustainably increase Myanmar’s aquaculture. The Programme is funded by the EU and German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The Mon State Hluttaw and CESD collaborated on, and conducted, a regional development workshop in the Mon Hluttaw Meeting Hall between 9th August and 10th August, 2016. The Mon Hluttaw Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Minister of Electricity, Members of Parliament, officials and CESD researchers attended the workshop.
Data analysis from CESD’s Mon State Rural Household Survey (2015) is presented in a research report (July 2016) that identifies options for more balanced growth in Mon State, “leading to a vibrant economy in which returning migrants can invest and find employment.” The research report, prepared by CESD, in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Michigan State University (MSU), provides a set of initial recommendations for the establishment of a rural development strategy for Mon State. The recommendations are in two broad areas: (1) stimulating growth in agriculture and sustainable management of natural resources, and (2) providing public infrastructure and services that strengthen the enabling environment.
CESD, in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Michigan State University (MSU), analysed the substantial challenges facing the rural economy in Mon State, and report “there is good reason for optimism if the Mon State and Union governments can work together with the private sector, including farmers, to develop a vibrant rural economy that raises rural incomes and improves the welfare of the rural population.”
Vegetables in Myanmar represent one of the highest potential growth opportunities of any agricultural sub sector. Key considerations to enable growth were raised by Dr Duncan Boughton, Professor, International Development at Michigan State University, at the Second National Vegetable Sector Round Table, held in Nay Pyi Taw on 3 March 2016.