Product: Rice and Pulses
Program Phase: Research
ProgramPartners: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
Year Completed: 2019
Myanmar is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. Agriculture is a core driver of Myanmar’s economy, contributing approximately 35% to GDP and employing 70% of the country’s labour force.
As agriculture is the leading employer in the economy, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research’s (ACIAR) role in research for development is filled with opportunity and potential to support broader reforms.
Myanmar is one of the largest producers and exporters of rice and pulses. Despite its growth potential, the agriculture sector persistently experiences insufficient investment in research, extension, technology transfer, infrastructure development, value-chain upgrading, and marketing.
The challenge for ACIAR was to better understand and assess the agribusiness landscape to identify constraints and opportunities for inclusive market development for these two commodities.
Business for Development, in partnership with Rogers MacJohn, was commissioned by ACIAR to undertake an analysis of Myanmar’s agribusiness landscape and develop an analytical framework to identify opportunities for inclusive agribusiness-led development.
A combination of desktop research and stakeholder interviews across public, private, and social sectors were used to identify priority areas for research and investment, based on the greatest reach and impact potential for smallholder farmers.
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