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Improving income by adopting climate smart rice growing practices

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The Climate Smart Rice and Water Productivity projects aim to support the Government of Myanmar, the agri-business sector and smallholder rice farmers to stimulate transformation of the rice sector towards sustainability by promoting climate smart and resource-efficient best practices.

The Myanmar Rice Sector Development Strategy aims to boost rice production and transform Myanmar from self-sufficiency to a sustainable rice exporter. The planned expansion in the country’s rice sector is, however, highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and natural disasters. These impacts, including changing hydrological cycles, rising temperatures, salinity, drought and natural disasters, are causing increasingly severe damage across the entire agricultural sector. Facing such formidable challenges, there is a need to strengthen sustainability issues in existing policies whilst enhance productivity and efficiency not only at the farm level, but for all rice value chain actors.

To address these challenges, the project aims to support the Government of Myanmar, the agri-business sector and smallholder rice farmers to stimulate transformation of the rice sector towards sustainability by promoting climate smart and resource-efficient best practices.

Implementing partners of this project are UN Environment, HELVETAS Myanmar, PRIME Agri Limited and the Sustainable Rice Platform.

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Push: Promotion of climate smart and resource efficient technologies. © Helvetas
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Pull: Market promotion of SRP rice by bringing rice millers and farmers together in economically and socially sound fair contract farming scheme. © Helvetas
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Policy: CSR project team meeting with the Parliametary Committee on Agriculture, Livestocks & Rural Development (PCALRD), Nay Pyi Taw. © Helvetas
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The primary approach used is known as "Push-Pull-Policy" with the following specific objectives: 

Outcome A: Rice-based resilient farming systems widely adopted, leading to improved farmer livelihoods (Push).

Outcome B: Certified export and sustainable domestic rice value chains established and functioning (Pull).

Outcome C: Policy and regulatory framework strengthened to support the national rice sector development strategy (Policy).

Video: “Changes in the Fields”

More information about climate smart rice growing practices (in Myanmar language): 

Introduction

Part 1 - Farm Management

Part 2 - Pre-Planting 

Part 3 - Water Usage 

Part 4 - Nutrient Management 

Part 5 - Integrated Pest Management  

Part 6 - Harvest and Post harvest  

Part 7 - Health and Safety 

Part 8 - Labor Rights  

  • Project Name
    Climate Smart Rice and Water Productivity
  • Project Phase
    2019 to 2022
  • Funding
    Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
  • Thematic focus
    Sustainable and Inclusive Economies
    Rural Access
    Environment and Climate Change
    Water
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Water

The most vulnerable communities of the world suffer from dirty water.. Every year, we support up to 500,000 people in getting access to clean drinking water and sanitary facilities.

Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Economic growth does not always benefit the poor and poverty is bad for growth. We need to make a proactive effort to break this vicious cycle.

Environment and Climate Change

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people adapt to climate change, reduce the risks of disasters, sustainably manage natural resources, and conserve nature.