FSP Research Featured in The Economist

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.

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.

The article highlights how urbanization is reshaping both rural and metropolitan areas, specifically in and around Yangon (Lower Myanmar). Win and Belton’s research highlights mechanization as a contributing factor to the rapid transformation happening in the rural agricultural sector. The sales of two-wheel and four-wheel tractors, and combine harvesters have soared in recent years in Yangon. Their research also shows the emergence of machine rental services markets, which have made the adoption of agricultural machinery profitable for smallholder farmers.

This research was cited in the The Economist issue of July 13th 2019, p. 37-38.

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