Advancing rural development and resilient building in Myanmar

In October, IIRR and the Department of Agriculture Research under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MOALI) signed a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formally engage and collaborate with IIRR to advance sustainable rural development and resilient agriculture building in Myanmar. IIRR President Peter Williams, together with IIRR Finance Director Alden Secretario and IIRR Myanmar Country Director Wilson John Barbon, witnessed the signing ceremony.

The MoU serves as the basis for IIRR’s future engagement with the Myanmar government to promote the climate-smart village (CSV) approach as a platform for community-based adaptation.

Further, IIRR works with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) to implement the De-Risk project to assist the government in developing national and regional adaptation and risk management strategies. This project will establish resilient climate-risk management systems, identify best practices and insurance options to protect smallholder farmers and businesses across the agricultural value chain from physical and financial disasters associated with climate change.

Roving workshops in CSV sites were also organized to facilitate learning exchanges among other sectors. Experiences in home gardening and seasonal fish ponds were shared.