Myanmar has seen strong economic growth in recent years, experiencing an increase in disposable income and achieving self-sufficiency. Even with these successes, over a quarter of the country still remains in poverty, with the poverty rate twice as high in rural communities. About 70% of the population lives and relies on agriculture for their income. The country’s agricultural sectors are particularly vulnerable to climate impacts, suffering on average a 30% loss and damage due to extreme weather events.
2017 – Present
Areas of Expertise
Market systems, gender equality
MEDA's work in Myanmar
MEDA is working to improve market opportunities for women and increase their participation in the country’s economy by unlocking economic opportunities through technical training, market accessibility, and financial services. Since 2017 MEDA has worked with women and rural agricultural value chains and markets, supporting 25,000 women in the Shan and Kayin states. MEDA is working with local partners to improve the standard of living and the business environment for another 125,000 indirect clients who will benefit from the improved household incomes of producers and the goods and services from micro, small, and medium sized enterprises (MSME).