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Western States Agribusiness Project

While Myanmar produces enough rice to meet its consumption needs as a whole, the rural poor are often food insecure and do not have access to adequate food to meet their caloric and nutritional needs, or enough income to buy essential items.

The Western States Agribusiness Project aims to increase household incomes, food security and nutrition quality by helping rural communities to develop agricultural commodities and agribusinesses that can generate a profit and respond to market demand. Training will be made available so that farmers can improve their skills and knowledge in order to modernize production techniques. Improved irrigation to ensure a reliable supply of water to farms and household gardens, and rural access roads to facilitate farm to market mobility will also be developed. A total of 390,000 rural people in the northern Magway region and southern Chin state are expected to benefit.

Due to its past isolation, Myanmar's agriculture sector has not benefited fully from global advances in agricultural technology. IFAD's strategy in the country is to focus on modernizing agriculture, upgrading value chains, fostering links between smallholder farmers and agribusinesses, diversifying livelihoods, promoting rural enterprises and generating employment off the farm.

Status: Ongoing

Country

Myanmar

Approval Date

08 September 2018

Duration

2018 - 2024

Sector

Research/Extension/Training

Total Project Cost

US$ 20.26 million

IFAD Financing

US$ 12.96 million

Financing Gap

US$ 4.47 million

Financing terms

Highly Concessional

Project ID

2000000964

Project Contact

Alessandro Marini


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