Improving Market Opportunities for Women Agricultural Producers

Reporting Organization:Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 16,344,043
Timeframe: March 20, 2015 - December 31, 2019
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Myanmar - $ 16,344,043.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Gender Equality (40 %)

Economic Development & Empowerment (36 %)

Food Security & Agriculture (9 %)

Law, Governance & Public Policy (9 %)

Human Rights, Advocacy & Public Engagement (6 %)

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This project aims to increase women agricultural producer’s contribution to Myanmar’s economic growth. It works with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), small and medium-sized enterprises, central and state governments, and financial institutions to increase access to credit, inputs, market linkages, and new technologies for women. The project also works directly with 25,000 women in Shan and Karen states to increase their income and status as economic actors and leaders in their communities. Project activities include: (1) providing training to women and men on gender equality and women in leadership principles; (2) linking women producers to savings groups; (3) mentoring women in leadership positions; (4) creating a capacity building program for local NGOs, enabling them to deliver market services to women producers; (5) providing matching grants to small and medium-sized enterprises for technology upgrades; and (6) designing new and improved financial products for women producers in partnership with financial institutions.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Unspecified
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased income and status of women small producers as economic actors and leaders in their communities; and (2) strengthened provision of goods and services to women small producers by Myanmar public and private actors.

Results achieved as of March 2019 include: (1) knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer to 7 local facilitating partners, with an overall engagement of 11,073 women producers, 899 women lead farmers, 129 women sales agents, and 1,165 women savings group members in 194 villages of 8 townships in Shan and Kayin States; (2) women small producers’ productivity and income was increased through project training and improved agricultural practices, such as the production and use of high-quality certified seeds, improved soil and water management, proper storage and post-harvest loss prevention practices, and free trade certification; and (3) established agreements and formalized partnerships with 9 private sector partners and 9 MSME’s to support agri-businesses and provide new technologies and market opportunities for women producers.

Achieved Results



  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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