MDF Asia, Holland Alumni Association Myanmar (HAAM), Golden Plain and AgriProFocus Myanmar are organizing a two day conference about challenges in achieving food security in Myanmar and the Dry Zone specifically. The aim of the conference is to bring together Nuffic Alumni from the agricultural sector and Dutch and Myanmar businesses, NGO’s and researchers to discuss innovative approaches to addressing challenges in achieving food security in Myanmar.
More information will follow soon. If you are interested to join, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
By mid March 2017, a third call for proposals will be announced for the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) facility. To inform all relevant stakeholders and support the setup of public-private partnerships for G4AW, Netherlands Space Office and AgriProFocus will organize a workshop in Yangon. If you are interested to join this workshop, please contact Bente Meindertsma by sending an email to email@example.com.
G4AW improves food security in developing countries by using satellite data. The facility promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite based information services. It provides a platform for partnerships of public organisations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGO’s, farmer cooperatives, satellite data/service operators, businesses and transmission operators, developing space for food security. Please find more information here.
From January 25 to 27, AgriProFocus Myanmar, in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy, organized an inventory visit for Netherlands Space Office (NSO), the Dutch governmental agency for space. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned NSO to execute the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility. The purpose of the visit was to prepare for the third call for proposals for G4AW, which will open mid March, 2017 and will be announced via Dutch Governmental Gazette . (NSO will publish the official announcement on the G4AW website in due time.
G4AW improves food security in developing countries by using satellite data. The facility promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite based information services. It provides a platform for partnerships of public organisations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGO’s, farmer cooperatives, satellite data/servic... Read more
Mita Myanmar Agriculture and Food Exhibitions & Conference is a 3 day event being held from 24th February to the26th February 2017 at the Tatmadaw Exhibition Hall in Yangon, Myanmar. This event showcases products like Tractors, cutting machinery, tilling, seed, grain handling equipment, miling and processing machinery, drainage & irrigation equipment, pipe & piping equipments, packaging, canned food, dried food, seafood & much more etc. in the Agriculture & Forestry, Food & Beverage, Industrial Products industries.
Register at http://10times.com/agriculture-and-food-yangon
Some of the 14 topics presented may include:
- Biochar and water filters
- Seed banking and seed saving
- Integrated agriculture options for sustainable land use
Presented in both English and Birmese.
Registration fee: $110, including workshop, meals and basic accomodation.
For more information or to register please contact:
Expats: Echoasia@echonet.org, or register at echocommunity.org
Myanmar nationals: CSSDD at Myanmar Babtist Convention, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Agriculture has plans to open a call centre aimed at quickly answering agricultural questions from farmers throughout Myanmar.
While the Department of Agriculture’s main task is to provide educational support to rural farmers, problems arise when sending individual staff members to conduct field inspections on land plots as large as 1000 acres.
Ideally, the call centre employees operating the hotline and staff in the field will work together to answer farmers’ questions and concerns, said U Ye Tint Tun, the director general of the Department of Agriculture.
“We are trying to open the call centre by mid February or early March,” said U Ye Tint Tun, the director general of the Department of Agriculture.
Read more here.
Yesterday evening, AgriProFocus and MDF celebrated the opening of their joint office in Myanmar. At the side of the beautyful Inya Lake in Yangon, we raised the glass with our first Dutch and Myanmar partners. Ambassador of the Netherlands Wouter Jurgens stressed the importance of capacity building and links between different stakeholders in the value chain in Myanmar. There embassy therefore warmly welcomed AgriProFocus and MDF in Myanmar, and wished us growth and success for the coming years.
This report was prepared by the World Bank in partnership with the Livelihoods and Food Security Multi-Donor Trust Fund (LIFT). Both the World Bank and the LIFT are actively involved in supporting Myanmar’s agriculture sector given its significance in poverty reduction and food security, and they both consider the lack of reliable farm data to be a significant constraint to designing effective programs and policies. This report fills some of the data gaps. In addition to presenting the collected data, the report offers the first analysis of these data.
The four main findings of the report are as follows: (i) Myanmar’s farming systems are diversified and during the monsoon season most farms produce paddy, during the cool and dry seasons most farms produce crops other than paddy, mainly beans and pulses, oilseeds, and maize; (ii) the analysis reconfirmed that agricultural productivity in Myanmar is low, irrespective of what indicators are used,... Read more
Three weeks ago, I arrived Yangon, the biggest city of Myanmar to work as the Country Coordinator for the 13th AgriProFocus network. I am impressed by the positive spirit and feel Myanmar has a lot of opportunity for economic development. With nearly 70% of the labour force dependent on agriculture, this sector has a crucial role to play in improving food and nutrition security for all. My first goal now is to further explore the role and added value of the AgriProFocus network in Myanmar and start up linking and learning activities with our Dutch members and local partners.
I would like to share some first conclusions and next steps that we want to take as the network.
We made a good start, with the visit Rolf Schinkel, network facilitator and interim Director of programs the week after my arrival. Together, we conducted an intensive round of introductions. The AgriProFocus network was warmly welcomed by many of our members from civil society, the priv... Read more
Last year, the Dutch NGO SPARK commissioned a comprehensive study to identify the main restrictions to getting access to finance in Myanmar. This policy-oriented document aims to: i) identify the main constraints that entrepreneurs and companies face when seeking to access finance in Myanmar; ii) give an indication of the adverse impact that stems from these constraints; iii) where pertinent, suggest how other transitional and developing economies have sought to address this issue; and iv) offer some recommendations as to how these constraints could be addressed by policy-makers and other stakeholders.
The report focusses on general principles of finance provision, current debt finance constraints in Myanmar and emerging non-debt financing constraints. Please find the full report by clicking the link below.
Last April, the Myanmar National Economic and Social Advisory Council (NESAC) developed a new vision for Myanmar’s Agricultural Development: From rice bowl to food basket; Three pillars for modernizing Myanmar’s agricultural and food sector.
'Myanmar is ready to seize that promise for its own future. But we must break away from a legacy of policies that have held back, rather than stimulated, our farmers’ potential', writes Tin Htut Oo, Chairman of the National Economic and Social Advisory Committee. 'A mind-set change is needed to step out of the Green Revolution, business-as-usual approach that focused on supply-led yield increases and domestic food self-sufficiency. We need to shift to an innovative new agricultural policy vision that centers on a demand-led approach driven by domestic consumers and foreign markets with increased productivity throughout the sector. To succeed in practice, we need to break do... Read more
On Wednesday, foreign minister Bert Koenders opened a new Dutch embassy in Yangon, Myanmar. It is the first time in nearly 50 years that the Netherlands has an embassy in the Asian country. ‘This is the right moment to strengthen our ties,’ Mr Koenders said at the opening ceremony.
In a meeting with foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi earlier in the day, Mr Koenders expressed his support for democratic developments there. He affirmed the Netherlands’ intention to provide support to the peace process through various channels.
The embassy will work to further enhance economic relations. ‘On the one hand, the Netherlands is keen to contribute to the economic development of one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. On the other, Myanmar’s need for good water/delta management, clean drinking water, navigable rivers and better defences against natural disasters offers great opportu... Read more
Today is my first day as the new country coordinator for Myanmar. I am very excited to start this new adventure and look forward to get to know my new hometown Yangon! But first of all I will start with a three week training course to learn about personal effectiveness, project management, intercultural communications and many other things. This is part of the Young Experts Programma (YEP), a 2 year Dutch traineeship I'm participating in.
After the training, I will work at the AgriProFocus office in the Netherlands for a few weeks to prepare everything. I intend to start working in Yangon by early November.
I'm looking forward to this new challenge and hope to get to know you all soon!