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Making Vegetable Markets Work

Making Vegetable Markets Work by Ye Htut, Grow Asia, Myanmar. Presented at the ReSAKSS-Asia - MIID conference "Evolving Agrifood Systems in Asia: Achieving food and nutrition security by 2030" on Oct 30-31, 2019 in Yangon, Myanmar.

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Making Vegetable Markets Work

  1. 1. Making Vegetable Market Work – What is it? • Improve the vegetable market system for 15,000 smallholder farmers in Southern Shan and Rakhine States • Target #1 - 50% income increase for 11,250 farmers • Target #2 - Increased terms of trade for 6,000 farmers • June 2014 to March 2018 • Mercy Corps, Swisscontact, East-West Seed • $5M in support from:
  2. 2. Market system deals • Risk-sharing • Additionality • Neutrality Large Micro, small, medium Civil society Total 9 27 3 39
  3. 3. ffew • fwe
  4. 4. Focus on improving productivity and quality
  5. 5. Support to strengthen enabling environment Internships & graduate sponsorships Foundational research Exchange visits & trade fairs Policy dialogues
  6. 6. Overall results 25,000 farmers $14.8M increased income 36 businesses Greater speed and scale Est. seed association Improved seed policy 44% ERR on $5M project Market systems learnings
  7. 7. Farmer results
  8. 8. System results
  9. 9. System results BUSINESS • Greater brand awareness, increased sales, and closer relationships with farmers – scale and speed • “Helped us to establish more rigorous processes and plans” ENABLING ENVIRONMENT • Shift of opinion within the Ministry of Agriculture on potential for vegetable sector • National Seed Association led to clarify and liberalized seed policies
  10. 10. Learnings Tailored design Coordination at multiple levels Complementary interventions Productivity foundations Devoted and influential leaders From the same playbook
  11. 11. Thank you
  12. 12. Available at exchange.growasia.org

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