Myanmar Dry Zone Project (LIFT)

An Integrated Rural Economic and Social Development Programme for Livelihoods Improvement in the Dry Zone of Myanmar

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The project aims to support integrated socioeconomic development in Myanmar's dry zone in the context of inclusive and sustainable development with special emphasis on livelihoods improvement and food security. To achieve this objective, it seeks to strengthen the capacities of policymakers, especially at the local level, programme development partners, and the private sector, to:

 i. coordinate and share knowledge through the establishment of knowledge sharing and collaboration mechanism(s);
ii. formulate policies and advocate for rural development, poverty reduction, livelihoods improvement and food security in the dry zone of Myanmar.

Both the above will address the following three thematic areas:

  1. Technology transfer of improved and environmentally sound technologies for small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) available locally as well as in the region;
  2. Sustainable agriculture for poverty reduction;
  3. Agricultural engineering and farm mechanization for increased food security and poverty reduction.

The project is funded through the Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) managed by the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) and led by the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA-ESCAP) in partnership with the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) and the Network Activities Group (NAG). The Department of Rural Development of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (DRD-MoALI) has been designated as the focal government agency to collaborate in the implementation of the Project. The project activities include a wide range of interventions such as establishment of a Knowledge Resource Network, development of case studies and policy papers, curricula development and its translation, training workshops and policy dialogues.   


Workshop on advocacy to promote participatory decision-making for climate-resilient agriculture in Myanmar’s dry zone
29-30 September 2016, Magway

Workshops on participatory rural appraisal to support local planning for climate-resilient agriculture
7-9 September 2016, Monywa, Myanmar
14-16 September 2016, Mandalay, Myanmar
26-28 September 2016, Magway, Myanmar

Multi-stakeholder dialogue on strengthening local capacities for climate-resilient agriculture in Myanmar’s dry zone
30-31 May 2016, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Workshop on business management of custom hiring of agricultural machinery in the dry zone of Myanmar 
3-4 May 2016, Mandalay, Myanmar

Workshop on best practices in mung bean (Green gram) seed production, quality control and maintenance
29 February-1 March 2016, Magway, Myanmar

Workshop to promote farmer-led innovation in Myanmar’s Dry Zone
10-11 December 2015, Mandalay, Myanmar

Orientation meeting for consultants for development of case studies
27 August 2015, Yangon, Myanmar
(Background Note)

Inception workshop
5 May 2015, Yangon, Myanmar
(Background note)



Case Study: Policies, Institutions and Processes to Support Climate Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Myanmar’s Dry Zone

Policy brief of Assessment of Stakeholder Interventions for Sustainable Agriculture in Myanmar’s Dry Zone

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