November 08, 2019
Yangon, Myanmar
On November 8, IPA Myanmar presented at a workshop titled “Agricultural Value Chain Finance in Myanmar: Policy, Practice, and Inclusion.” The event was co-organized by the Myanmar Economic Association (MEA), with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and the DaNa Facility. This one-day workshop covered the current state of policy and practice of agricultural value chain finance in Myanmar, emerging reforms and developments, and opportunities to expand access to agricultural finance in the coming years. It brought together leading stakeholders from the Government of Myanmar, the private sector, NGOs, donor organizations, and researchers, to jointly discuss these critical issues. 
A key objective of the workshop was to serve as a policy dissemination event for the Inclusive Agricultural Value Chain Finance (IFS4Ag) project. IFS4Ag is a 4-year project (2018-2022) that aims to generate new knowledge about agricultural value chain finance in Myanmar and is funded and supported by ACIAR and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in collaboration in Myanmar with the MEA and the University of Sydney. 
Presenters included the Australian Ambassador, H.E. Andrea Faulkner; the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Planning and Finance, H.E. Maung Maung Win; Finance Advisor, DaNa Facility, Tom Moyes; Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI, Alan De Brauw; Principal Investigator of the IFS4Ag, Professor Russell Toth from the University of Sydney; IPA Country Director, Ricardo Morel, among others.  
To read more, see the event page on the Myanmar International Television website here.