Revitalized Agriculture for Balanced Growth and Resilient Livelihoods: Toward a Rural Development Strategy for Mon State

54 Pages Posted: 23 May 2017

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Mateusz J. Filipski

University of Georgia; IFPRI

Ulrike Nischan

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

Joanna van Asselt

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Ben Belton

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

Adam Kennedy

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Aung Hein

Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD)

Paul Dorosh

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Duncan Boughton

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

Date Written: May 5, 2017

Abstract

This report offers specific policy and investment options articulated around two broad areas: (1) stimulating growth in agriculture and sustainable management of fisheries and (2) providing public infrastructure and services that strengthen the enabling environment. A plan to stimulate growth in agriculture and fisheries, the first broad area, could be centered around the following set of goals: revitalize the rubber sector, develop high-value fresh products, improve rice productivity, modernize land and input markets, expand access to loans for machinery and seasonal input purchases, strengthen agricultural extension services to ensure dynamism in Mon State’s farm sector, improve management of marine capture fisheries, and facilitate expansion of aquaculture. The first part of the report details the challenges and potential solutions presented by each of these points. The second part of the report details options to create a growth-enabling environment through public infrastructure and services, centered around the following goals: improve the budgetary and fiscal process to enable locally driven public investment, improve access to and reliability of infrastructure, expand the formal credit market, promote productive investment by the private sector, strengthen regulatory frameworks for the construction sector, exploit the potential for the development of tourism, and improve the quality of and access to education and health services.

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

Suggested Citation

Filipski, Mateusz J. and Nischan, Ulrike and van Asselt, Joanna and Belton, Ben and Kennedy, Adam and Hein, Aung and Dorosh, Paul and Boughton, Duncan, Revitalized Agriculture for Balanced Growth and Resilient Livelihoods: Toward a Rural Development Strategy for Mon State (May 5, 2017). IFPRI Discussion Paper 1639, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2972318

Mateusz J. Filipski (Contact Author)

University of Georgia ( email )

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United States

IFPRI ( email )

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Ulrike Nischan

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

Blacksburg, VA
United States

Joanna Van Asselt

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20005
United States
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Ben Belton

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

MI
United States

Adam Kennedy

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Aung Hein

Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD)

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

Paul Dorosh

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States
+1 202-862-5600 (Phone)
+1 202-467-4439 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.ifpri.org/

Duncan Boughton

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

MI
United States

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