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Soil and Land Management

Land resource evaluation for productive and resilient landscapes in the Central Dry Zone of Myanmar

Project Code: SMCN/2014/075
Budget:
A$1,946,748
Research Program Manager: Dr. Robert Edis
Project Leader: Anthony Ringrose-Voase - CSIRO Land and Water
Duration:
APR 2016
2019
JUN 2020
Project Status: Legally Committed/Active
Key partners
CSIRO Agriculture Flagship
Department of Agricultural Research
Department of Agriculture
Dry Zone Greening
Dry Zone Greening Department
Farm Business Development Technical Group
Land Use Division
Department of Agriculture
Yezin Agricultural University

Overview

This project aimed to develop land evaluation methods and capacity to improve planning of agricultural development for productive and resilient landscapes in Myanmar's Central Dry Zone at the township and village scale. These contribute to national food security, improve the livelihoods of farmers, and provide ecosystem services.

Farmers in the Central Dry Zone face a dry, erratic climate and widespread land degradation. Productivity and profitability are low, so many farmers cannot afford fertilisers and quality seeds. This further degrades land. Improving livelihoods and food security requires agricultural intensification but this must be done in a way that sustains land resources.

This project developed land evaluation methods and developed capacity in Myanmar institutions to acquire land resource information more efficiently than conventional soil and land resource surveys.

Participatory land use planning informed by the mapping products was then used to help communities - at both regional and village scales - change how they use land in ways that were both technically feasible and matched community aspirations.