Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, August 25, 2017—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, signed an advisory agreement with Myanmar’s
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) today to support
its efforts with boosting sector productivity, quality and skill development.
The technical assistance program is supported by the Department of
Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, the Department for International
Development of the United Kingdom and the Government of Japan.
The country’s agricultural sector is a key pillar of the economy and provides
employment to about 53 percent of the labor force and is a source of livelihood
for about 70 percent of the rural population. Through this agreement, IFC’s
technical assistance will support the government’s objective of increasing
the productivity, market access and competitiveness of the agricultural
sector by improving the provision of quality inputs to farmers. As a driver
of growth and innovation, the private sector will play a significant role
in assuring quality seeds, fertilizer and crop protection products reach
farmers efficiently. A strong balance between efficient markets and effective
regulation is needed along with an improved way of working together for
the government and private sector.
“IFC’s emphasis on improving the use of agricultural inputs and strengthening
quality standards of agricultural products is aligned with MoALI’s mission.
I am confident that this project will be supportive to our agriculture
sector development and fulfill our vision for the future,” said Dr. Aung
Thu, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
IFC will also assist with establishing quality standards for key export
commodities, such as rice, and local food processing, while helping farmers
to develop skills related to the use of agricultural inputs and improved
quality standards. In July, IFC and MoALI held a one-day workshop in Nyuang
Shwe, which brought together over 200 tomato farmers to discuss Good Agricultural
Practices and the importance of improving and reducing the use of chemicals
on their floating farms to protect Inle Lake.
“We believe that improved access to quality agricultural inputs will elevate
industry productivity and quality, while also resulting in raised incomes
and job creation along the value chain,” said Vivek Pathak, IFC Regional
Director for East Asia and the Pacific. “By supporting Myanmar’s agricultural
development, we hope to help create potential markets for agricultural
products through exports.”
As a member of the World Bank Group, IFC has been at the forefront of driving
agriculture sector reforms in recent years across Asia to unlock the door
for farmers and rural communities to access relevant inputs, knowledge,
skills and finance to improve their livelihoods in a sustainable manner.
With agribusiness as a strategic pillar of IFC’s work in Myanmar, we are
supporting local firms such as the Awba Group to increase the production
of good-quality crop protection products and improve access to agri-lending
products for farmers.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working
with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our capital, expertise,
and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas
of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3 billion in long-term
financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private
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