Rural Livelihoods in Mon State: Evidence from a Representative Household Survey

132 Pages Posted: 23 May 2017

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Mateusz J. Filipski

University of Georgia; IFPRI

Joanna van Asselt

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Ulrike Nischan

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Students

Ben Belton

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics

Kyan Htoo

Centre for Economic and Social Development

Myat Win

Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD)

Aung Hein

Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD)

L. Kham

Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD)

Zaw Naing

Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD)

Ellen Payongayong

Michigan State University

Duncan Boughton

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics

Date Written: May 5, 2017

Abstract

The purpose of this report is to provide information and analysis to government, civil society, and donors interested in improving the well-being of the rural population of Mon State, Myanmar. Specifically, the report analyzes the different sources of income for rural households, as well as their socioeconomic characteristics, with a view to helping identify constraints on growth and potential pathways to improving incomes. The overall picture that emerges is one of a struggling agricultural sector and an economy heavily dependent on services for local employment and on international migration for income. The analysis is based on a sample of 1,632 rural households, designed to be representative of rural households in Mon State as a whole. The survey included a household questionnaire and a community survey, and gathered information on demographics, all economic aspects of the household, and access to infrastructure and services at the community level.

Keywords: Agricultural Development, Rice, Rubber, Migration, Households, Livelihoods, Income, Off Farm Wages, Fisheries, Infrastructure

Suggested Citation

Filipski, Mateusz J. and van Asselt, Joanna and Nischan, Ulrike and Belton, Ben and Htoo, Kyan and Win, Myat and Hein, Aung and Kham, L. and Naing, Zaw and Payongayong, Ellen and Boughton, Duncan, Rural Livelihoods in Mon State: Evidence from a Representative Household Survey (May 5, 2017). IFPRI Discussion Paper 1638, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2972317

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Ulrike Nischan

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Students ( email )

Blacksburg, VA
United States

Ben Belton

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics ( email )

MI
United States

Kyan Htoo

Centre for Economic and Social Development ( email )

Myanmar

Myat Win

Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD)

No. (27), Pyay Road, 6½ Mile
Hlaing Township
Yangon
Myanmar

Aung Hein

Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD)

No. (27), Pyay Road, 6½ Mile
Hlaing Township
Yangon
Myanmar

L. Kham

Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD)

No. (27), Pyay Road, 6½ Mile
Hlaing Township
Yangon
Myanmar

Zaw Naing

Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD)

No. (27), Pyay Road, 6½ Mile
Hlaing Township
Yangon
Myanmar

Ellen Payongayong

Michigan State University ( email )

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Duncan Boughton

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics ( email )

MI
United States

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