CESD is working with the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) to implement thMichigan State University’s USAID-funded ‘Food security policy project’. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is also partnering with Michigan State University to deliver the ‘Food security policy project’.

The project will support the goals of inclusive growth in the agriculture sector, and improved nutritional standards for women and children in Myanmar.

The objectives of the project include:

  • Evidence-based policy advocacy for agricultural policy reforms that promote agricultural productivity, increasing both farm and non-farm employment opportunities, enhancing the resilience and nutrition status of the rural population, and lifting the rural poor out of poverty.
  • Strengthening the knowledge base of the rural sector by conducting primary research in the areas of regional development strategies, rural livelihoods and agricultural value chains.
  • Capacity-building of relevant line ministries, regional and local officials, extension service personnel at the forefront of service delivery, non government organisations, community-based organisations, and universities

Project outputs have included the following:

Publications and key findings

View all publications and key findings produced as part of the food security and rural development program, or produced as background material, here

Publications in Myanmar language


CESD researchers, Kyan Htoo and Aung Hein, with Ben Belton (MSU), at the Global Food Security Conference at Cornell University, USA, held on 11-14 October 2015.


CESD researchers undertaking the       household survey in Mon State, 2015