- 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
Published on December 8, 2017
Myanmar’s government lifted restrictions on the choice of field crops on paddy land, allowing farmers to grow more profitable crops.
Published on June 30, 2017
A workshop to present the results from a detailed study of aquaculture, agriculture and the rural economy in 40 villages in four townships in Yangon and Ayeyawaddy Regions. Yangon, Myanmar. June 30, 2017.
Published on June 1, 2017
Aquaculture sector is fast developing in Myanmar and South East Asia. What are the nutritional differences between farm fish and wild fish? It's about micronutrients. An FSP blog on Agrilinks.
Published on May 15, 2017
Fish farming plays an increasingly important role in Myanmar fish supply. This survey results provide a comprehensive ‘benchmark’ of the characteristics of inland aquaculture and provides policy recommendations.
Published on March 17, 2017
Off-farm employment is the sole source of earnings for 56% rural households around Yangon and it provides 78% of rural households income.
Publications and Presentations
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.
Published on December 5, 2019
Filipski, Mateusz, Hak Lim Lee, Aung Hein, and Ulrike Nischan. "Emigration and Rising Wages in Myanmar: Evidence from Mon State." The Journal of Development Studies (2019): 1-18.
Published on September 13, 2019
Eric Abaidoo, Ben Belton 2019. Agricultural Machinery Business Development in Shan State: A Comparative Analysis. FSP Research Paper 149. East Lansing: Michigan State University.