Project final report
Improving livelihoods in Myanmar and Vietnam through vegetable value-chains - Final Report
This project aimed to improve farmers' incomes and livelihoods by developing sustainable and inclusive vegetable value chains in Myanmar and Vietnam.
In Vietnam, we think the approach has worked and will continue to expand in the Son La province. Average farm incomes in Moc Chau have increased 5-fold from 11 million VND to 56 million VND per year (AU$3,400), mainly due to a 30-40% price premium for VietGAP, doubling of average yields and growing vegetables instead of rice or maize.
In Myanmar, two pilot value chains were set up to test the idea that supplying GAP certified vegetables to speciality markets in Myanmar can improve farm incomes and provide consumers with high-quality safe-to-eat vegetables. The average increase in income estimated by the farmers was 20%, with 70% of the farmers having said the project helped them increase their income. The pilots only supplied a small volume (about 30 tonnes) before the COVID-19 pandemic and the coup effectively stopped supply.
On a regional basis, by just growing vegetables instead of rice or maize, farm incomes have increased 5-fold from 11 million VND to 56 million VND per year (AU$3,400), mainly due to a 30-40% price premium for those following VietGAP, a doubling of average yields and growing vegetables instead of rice or maize.