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.
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).
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More information about climate smart rice growing practices (in Myanmar language):
Project NameClimate Smart Rice and Water Productivity
Project Phase2019 to 2022
FundingNorwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Thematic focusSustainable and Inclusive Economies
Environment and Climate Change