- The capital and main city is Yangon.
- The official language is Burmese
- Area: 261,228 sq mi (approx. 3x the size of the State of Michigan)
- Population approx. 52 million in 2014
- Climate: Myanmar lies in the monsoon region of Asia, with its coastal regions receiving over 5,000 mm (196.9 in) of rain annually
Fun Fact: Myanmar has the largest book in the world. The book is situated in Kuthodaw pagoda in Mandalay. It has 1460 pages and 730 leaves. Each page is 107cm (3.51 ft) wide, 13cm (5.1 in) thick and 153cm (5.02 ft) tall!
Main Research Themes
Anticipate, Mitigate, Monitor: A Rapid Research Response for COVID-19 Policy Guidance in Myanmar’s Agrifood System
Published on October 1, 2020
Prepared by Joseph Goeb, Mywish Maredia, and Duncan Boughton on behalf of the Myanmar Agricultural Support Activity (MAPSA) research team
Published on November 22, 2019
AFRE researchers in the FSP program spent 5 years studying Myanmar's agricultural transformation in an effort to inform policy and promote the country's research capacity.
Published on September 13, 2019
Research by AFRE graduate student Myat Thida Win and Associate Professor Ben Belton regarding agricultural mechanization in Myanmar has been featured in The Economist. This research was funded by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy.
Published on May 16, 2019
Dr. Ben Belton, will be discussing recent findings of large scale surveys implemented by FSP in Myanmar and the need for policies in order to support successful livelihood diversification and leverage greater value from existing agri-food value chains.
Published on November 1, 2018
What's the disconnect between evidence of a dynamic and rapidly transforming economy, and the widely reported low levels of agricultural mechanization? by Myat Thida Win, Ben Belton, and Xiaobo Zhang.
Publications and Presentations
Agriculture and the Rural Economy: The Struggle to Transform Rural Livelihoods. In A. Simpson, & N. Farrelly (Eds.), Myanmar: Politics, Economy, and Society (Chapter 10)
Published on November 12, 2020
Boughton, D., Okamoto, I., Mark, S.S., Oo, H.T., Myint, T., & Thawnghmung, A.M. (2020). Agriculture and the Rural Economy: The Struggle to Transform Rural Livelihoods. In A. Simpson, & N. Farrelly (Eds.), Myanmar: Politics, Economy, and Society (Ch. 10).
Published on August 17, 2020
D. Boughton, S. Makhija, M. Maredia,... , 2020. Variety Adoption and Demand for Quality Seed in the Central Dry Zone of Myanmar, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for FSP Research Paper 179. East Lansing: Michigan State University
Published on June 4, 2020
Ben Belton, Ame Cho, Ellen Payongayong, Kristi Mahrt, Eric Abaidoo, 2020. Commercial Poultry and Pig Farming in Yangon's Peri-Urban Zone, FSP Research Paper 174.
Published on June 2, 2020
Peixun Fang and Ben Belton, 2020. Maize and Pigeon Pea Production, Profitability, and Tied Credit in Southern Shan State, FSP Research Paper 173.
Published on December 9, 2019
Ame Cho and Ben Belton, 2019. Growth and Transformation in Off- Farm Segments of the Maize Value Chain in Shan State. FSP Research Paper 156.