In 2015, with the support of Global Affairs Canada, MEDA began implementing the six-year IMOW project focused on the rice and vegetable value chains in Kayin State and the vegetable value chain in Shan State. Project interventions related to sustainable agriculture, financial and market linkages, women’s economic empowerment (WEE), and the environment were implemented in partnership with both local Key Facilitating Partners (KFPs) and Private Sector Development (PSD) partners.
MEDA’s work to increase women’s participation in Myanmar’s evolving economic landscape has led to many learnings about the challenges of working in nascent and often unstable markets. This series highlights approaches to project design, market-led strategies for reaching women small producers, and promoting environmentally friendly farming.
The IMOW project ran from 2015 to 2021. The instability that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic and military coup both impacted Myanmar’s private sector activities and IMOWs larger project operations. Most of the learning products included in this series are focused on project results prior to these crises.
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The goal of IMOW is to contribute to Myanmar’s economic growth by increasing women’s participation in the country’s evolving economy. The project also partners with women to help them become active, respected and empowered economic actors and leaders in their communities.
The project supported over 52,000 women in Shan and Kayin states, and worked with local partners to improve the standard of living and the business environment for another 194,896 indirect clients.