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How can you help?


pays for three days of training for an individual in understanding HIV/AIDS, common ways of transmission, incorrect beliefs about HIV/AIDS and preventative measures.


will provide cash support for one of the 350 entrepreneurs to purchase raw materials.


will pay for a five-day training in business and entrepreneurship for 15 families.


provides a family with a food-processing package consisting of solar dryer, packaging material and containers / bowls.


Strengthening Livelihoods in the Dry Zone of Myanmar


Myanmar, also referred to as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia, bordered by China, Thailand, India, Laos and Bangladesh. Home to over 60 million people, its landmass makes it the second largest country in Southeast Asia. Despite being under military control since 1962, in recent years the military has begun relinquishing more of its control over the government and the country’s foreign relationships have improved rapidly.


In Myanmar, over a third of the population live in poverty and statistics show it to have the second highest rate of child mortality outside of Africa. In the Dry Zone, specifically Magwe Division (Pakokku Township), food consumption levels are inadequate for much of the population and malnutrition rates are as high as 42%. Many of the households in this region have low income levels, high levels of debt and limited ability to purchase the essentials for living – expenditure on food accounts for 94% of households’ annual income. Livelihood instability is also caused by landlessness, unemployment and migration.

The project will address some of the key challenges that hinder the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, which include: declining livelihood production and agricultural yields, low incomes and lack of access to credit, limited capacity of the community to access larger markets, vulnerability to HIV/AIDS caused by labour migration, and vulnerability to natural disasters.


Through this project, ADRA is committed to reducing the poverty of 12,600 people within 15 villages of Pakokku Township over a three-year period.

ADRA is increasing the skills of 1,250 households in food processing, establishing 25 viable food based processing industries, increasing the local capacity for value chain development in rural food processing, as well as raising awareness of important issues such as gender equality, HIV/AIDS, disaster risk reduction strategies and the environment.

In addition to reducing the proportion of people living off less than $1 a day, the project is expected to increase the income of 1,500 families by 30%, enable 350 families to be regularly accessing credit, capital and equipment for their food processing industries, and 275 women who have received business training will be involved in new food processing industries.


After conducting an assessment study on rural employment and income generation to understand the commercial infrastructure, markets, supply chains, market players and the labour market, the project will train 1,250 households on rural food processing. The training will provide skills to create an alternative income source and increase employment in the region. The training will enable value to be added to produce as well as preserving crops that cannot reach market immediately.

350 participants who have taken previous training in rural food processing will receive training on business and entrepreneurship skills development. After completing this training, these people will be able to set up self help groups, with each member given capital investment which is only expected to be returned to a revolving fund once they start to generate income. The project will also provide each member with a solar dryer, tools for processing and a supply of packaging materials to help set-up their business.

The project will also build and strengthen the collective capacity that is required to establish and successfully maintain a rural enterprise, through the formation of 10 community based organisations that effectively operate as cooperatives so that more products can be sold together, attracting larger buyers across the country. 

Training sessions will be conducted over the three years for 5,400 people within the community to raise awareness of issues such as gender equality, HIV/AIDS awareness, and disaster risk reduction mitigation and environmental protection activities.


Funding is provided by the British Government’s Department for International Development and ADRA-UK


The project started in April 2012 and ended in March 2014