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.
Our work in Myanmar has ended. We would like to thank our generous donors and great partners for their support in providing farmers and entrepreneurs with the tools that they need to increase their incomes and make their livelihoods more efficient.
MEDA worked 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. From 2017 to 2021, MEDA worked with women and rural agricultural value chains and markets, and supported 25,000 women in the Shan and Kayin states. MEDA worked with local partners to improve the standard of living and the business environment for another 125,000 indirect clients whom benefitted from the improved household incomes of producers and the goods and services from micro, small, and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs).
Women can go beyond the kitchen and can become decision-makers.”