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Agribusiness

Improving livelihoods in Myanmar and Vietnam through vegetable value chains

Project Code: AGB/2014/035
Program: Agribusiness
Budget:
A$2,078,054
Research Program Manager: Mr Howard Hall
Project Leader: Gordon S Rogers - Applied Horticultural Research
Duration:
MAR 2017
2019
FEB 2021
Project Status: Legally Committed/Active
Key partners
Centre international pour la recherche agronomique pour le developpement
Department of Agriculture
Fresh Studio Innovations (Asia)
Northern Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute
University of Queensland
University of Sydney
Yezin Agricultural University

Overview

This project aims to improve farmer's incomes and livelihoods by developing sustainable and inclusive vegetable value chains in Vietnam and Myanmar.

In Vietnam, project ABG/2009/053 developed a channel for supplying vegetables smallholders grew in Moc Chau, northwest Vietnam, to modern retail markets in Hanoi.

This project makes sure the new vegetable chains are reliable, inclusive, sustainable, and scalable. It will establish a similar pilot high-quality vegetable chain in Myanmar. Smallholder vegetable farmers in Myanmar, like those in Vietnam, will be able to improve their competiveness and livelihoods by producing high-quality temperate vegetables in the highlands in the off-season.

The project develops the framework and approach necessary to develop high-quality vegetable chains involving smallholders in developing countries. Farmers in Myanmar now better understand the market and value chain for vegetables, particularly higher valued vegetables. A model supply channel links smallholders to higher value vegetable markets following the lessons and protocols developed in Vietnam. The project evaluates the model in Vietnam to ensure it is sustainable. The project (and value chain model) could be expanded to new sites involving ethnic minorities. In both Vietnam and Myanmar, the new vegetable value chains will significantly increase farmer's average annual household income.