Myanmar

Overview

Country Myanmar Capital : Nay Pyi Taw

Myanmar, also called Burma, has a population of around 56.9 million.

Myanmar’s economy is one of the least developed of the region and is fundamentally agricultural. Agriculture, forestry, and fishing together comprise the largest contributor to Myanmar’s economy. About half of all agricultural land in Myanmar is dedicated to rice.

13-19% of the food energy consumed in Myanmar comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet. There are 18,437 unique crop samples in collections of crop diversity found in Sri Lanka compared to the more than 750,000 found in the international collections of crop diversity supported by the Crop Trust.

The Crop Trust has supported 3 projects in Myanmar

  1. Banana: The Department of Agricultural Research (DAR) received funding from the Crop Trust to regenerate and characterize 25 banana accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop. 15 accessions are safety duplicated at Bioversity International.
  2. Beans: The Crop Trust supported the Department of Agricultural Research (DAR), Myanmar to regenerate, characterize and safety duplicate 63 accessions of lima bean with the aim of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops.
  3. Rice: The Crop Trust supported the Department of Agricultural Research (DAR), Myanmar to regenerate, characterize and safety duplicate 655 rice accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops.