Improving livelihoods in Myanmar and Vietnam through vegetable value chains

Project code
AUD 2,078,075
Project leader
Gordon S Rogers
Commissioned organisation
Applied Horticultural Research, Australia
MAR 2017
JAN 2022
Project status
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This project aimed to improve farmers' incomes and livelihoods by developing sustainable and inclusive vegetable value chains in Myanmar and Vietnam.

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

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

The project developed 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.

Project outcomes

  • Identified new market opportunities for smallholder vegetables produced under quality assurance systems.
  • Developed sustainable and inclusive smallholder farmer group-governance model(s), vegetable value-chain models, and quality assurance systems.
  • Scaled out and evaluated the smallholder vegetable value chain models and quality assurance systems to new farmers and villages.
Map of Myanmar and Vietnam
Key partners
Applied Horticultural Research
Centre international pour la recherche agronomique pour le développemen
Department of Agriculture
Fresh Studio Innovations (Asia)
Northern Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute
University of Queensland
University of Sydney
Yezin Agricultural University
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Fact Sheet AGB/2014/035