Do you want to be part of the transformation of Myanmar's cooperative sector?! Agriterra Myanmar is looking for a hands-on agricultural business advisor to join us in this inspiring ambition! Will you join our team? Please find the vacancy at http://themimu.info/jobs-for-myanmar-nationals (posted 15 August)
From 20 to 24 November Agriterra organised the first My.COOP Pilot training in Myanmar. The event took place in Aungban, Southern Shan State and was opened by the Shan Minister of MoALI, U Sai Lone Kyaw.
MyCOOP is an abbreviation for Managing Your Agricultural Cooperative and is a training aimed at strengthening the management of agricultural cooperatives. Consequently, managers and board members of agricultural cooperatives are equipped to offer high quality, efficient and effective services to their members. In addition, My.COOP provides guidance to cater for member satisfaction, business opportunities and social considerations. My.COOP has been developed in partnership between Agriterra, ILO and other partners and has been a valuable asset for agricultural cooperatives all over the world.
In Myanmar, the Cooperative Department and Agriterra have agreed to embark on a trajectory to improve the member commitment of cooperative members. In order to do so, Agriterra tra... Read more
Agriterra is an agri-advisory organization founded by farmer organizations from the Netherlands and has 20 years of experience in advising governments, farmer organizations and cooperatives in over 17 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Agriterra provides training, advisory services and exchange visits to entrepreneurial farmers with a willingness to cooperate, a clear ambition and a strong business mindset. The Agriterra focus is two-fold. As a starting point it is essential to focus on the development of robust governance structures, develop house-rules that stimulate member commitment and bringing financial management systems in tune with the demands of banks and micro-finance institutions. Once these internal basics are in place, Agriterra supports clients to realize their business ambitions. This can be done via supporting clients to get improved market access or to upscale business activities t... Read more
Agriterra started its operations in Myanmar in March 2017. Since that moment Agriterra has focused on the identification of the key needs of farmers, farmer organisations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and other stakeholders. All stakeholders point out that one of the critical success factors to transform the agricultural sector is the ability and willingness of farmers to cooperate. Myanmar will not be able to develop internationally competitive agricultural sectors unless farmers unite to improve their position versus suppliers and customers and to invest in upscaling of their activities.
Despite a clear need for farmers to organise, a history of forced membership of state-led top-down cooperatives with limited benefits for members has resulted in limited trust in cooperatives. Given this background, Agriterra has adopted a two-fold approach to accelerate the agricultural transformation in Myanmar. At the one-hand si... Read more