Myanmar—Strengthening of Public Financial Management at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation

Client: European Union

Duration: 2021-2025

Region: Asia and the Pacific

Country: Myanmar

Solutions: Governance

Despite the ability of the agricultural system in Myanmar to produce enough food for the whole population, distribution remains highly unequal and depends on the ability of rural households to either produce their own food or earn enough income to purchase food. Efforts to address the inherent weaknesses of the agricultural system in Myanmar hinder on challenges with proper agricultural planning and spending. At the government level, the country has embraced nutrition as a policy priority. In 2018, the Government of the Union of Myanmar developed a Multi-Sectoral National Action Plan for Nutrition to address malnutrition in Myanmar as a multi-sectoral issue.

In July 2019, the European Commission adopted a programme called Enhancing Rural Nutrition in Myanmar: support to the National Agriculture Development Strategy and its contribution to the Multi-Sectoral National Plan of Action for Nutrition. The programme focuses on supporting the implementation of an agricultural development strategy in the policy areas that have a more direct contribution to the reduction of malnutrition, diversifying food production, and improving food safety.

This project addresses these challenges through a suite of public financial management measures, including the establishment of a monitoring and evaluation architecture that supports nutrition-sensitive systems, with a focus on women and strengthening the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation to tackle malnutrition.

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Sample Activities

  • Build Ministry capacity in nutrition-sensitive pubic financial management systems by introducing nutrition-based budgeting.
  • Facilitate gender budgeting, including disaggregation by age, and production of a comprehensive nutrition expenditure tracking system.
  • Carry out analytical work to contribute to the analysis and monitoring of progress in the effectiveness of service delivery in the sector.
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