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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.
Rapid growth in Myanmar’s fish farming industry is supporting higher rural incomes, greater job opportunities, and improved nutrition, health and well-being, according to research by the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Michigan State University (MSU) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Fish farming (aquaculture) is important to Myanmar’s food security and is developing and transforming quickly in Myanmar. This policy brief presents findings from a field survey of the farmed fish value chain. Many of the findings are at odds with what is perceived as conventional wisdom about fish farming in Myanmar.
Rapid agricultural growth in Myanmar has the potential to be the engine for broad-based economic growth and poverty reduction. Moreover, the current democratic reforms in Myanmar create opportunities for development of agricultural and economic policies for greater food security and poverty reduction.
A team of CESD senior researchers presented some of their recent research and publications at the Australian Myanmar Institute (AMI) “Myanmar and the sustainable development goals” conference, held at Yangon University, 10 – 12 July 2015.
CESD, together with Michigan State University, explored the changes in Myanmar’s pulse value chains from 1988 to 2013. During this period, private sector initiatives by Myanmar’s traders and farmers resulted in the growth of pulses into a billion dollar export industry. Multiple favorable events – the opening of the Indian market, rising domestic pulse prices, and simultaneously falling oilseed prices – favored and enabled this growth, which occurred with limited government interference or involvement.
This working paper, prepared by CESD and Michigan State University (with support from USAID), examines potential agribusiness models to support economic growth, increase food security, build export markets, and reduce poverty in Myanmar. The paper provides an overview of agribusiness investment in Myanmar, including the market outlook, investment climate, resource base and some of the problems associated with land concessions.