10% of the world lives on less than $1.90 a day. Some of the biggest tools to fight poverty come from the simplest solutions – training, loans, seeds, animals, and access to marketplaces. Helping people provide for themselves creates change that can be seen for generations. Women in particular experience the positive effects by being able to enter a marketplace previously closed to them and providing dependable income, self-reliance, and even safety, to them and their children. 

ADRA Myanmar reaches poor and marginal communities with agriculture and livelihood opportunities, putting into effect sustainable market-based solutions that increase resilience and creating opportunities within value chains for greater participation of the poor in economic growth opportunities.

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Empowerment is the best lesson you can teach someone. If you give a man a fish, you feed him for one day. But if you teach a man to fish, he will be able to feed himself for a lifetime.  

Here are some of the ways that we’re helping families increase income generation and livelihood opportunities:

 – Diversifying livelihoods, and mitigating climate change

 – Improving resource management and reducing land degradation

 – Improvements to grazing land management practices

 – Improving water resource management and irrigation

 – Increasing technical knowledge and techniques in agriculture in dry and mountain areas

 – Improving nutrition smart and climate smart agriculture

 – Increasing access to credits and inputs

 – Empowering women and building the importance of their involvement in agriculture and their access to land and economic opportunities

 – Building technical knowledge through trainings and workshops

 – Enabling future evidence based planning and policy development

 – Distributing agricultural tools and seeds to farmers

 – Establishing SALT practices to improve soil erosion in mountainous areas


7,290 lives

In 2021, our livelihoods sector impacted 7,290 beneficiaries and supported 1 project in North West Myanmar.







The REAL project funded by MFAT and ADRA New Zealand, aimed at improving livelihoods for 1,912 households, provided small capital to women in food processing and handicraft production, trained farmers in SALT (Sloped Agriculture Land Technology), utilised waste as compost and SRI (Systems of Rice Intensification), increased access to seeds/fertiliser and tools, built rainwater collection tanks/spring fed gravity water systems/latrines and water storage tanks for clean water and produced brochures/wall charts for increased hygiene practices and promotion. The REAL project reached 9,496 beneficiaries and ran for 38 months with a total USD budget of $496,079.



The SGRIP project funded by AusAID and ADRA Australia, ran for two phases over 40 months to improve grazing management systems by establishing a pilot program in 12 acres of drip irrigation and managing 600 acres of grazing land. The SGRIP project based in Myaing and Pakokku Townships in Magway Region reached 3,540 beneficiaries with a total USD budget of $266,976.



The SLIM project funded by DFID and ADRA Uk, targeted vulnerable groups in Pakokku Township, Magway Region, by providing increased skills in food processing, establishing food processing industries, improving HPLGs for value chain production and creating awareness of cross cutting issues in gender inclusion within 15 communities. The SLIM project ran over 36 months reaching 7,200 beneficiaries with a total USD budget of $73,949.



The WATER NETHERLANDS project funded by ADRA Netherlands, provided 2 complete solar water systems to 2 villages in Myanmar's central Dryzone, Magway Region, where water is scarce and land is on the brink of desertification. Villages were also provided with taps in each household linked via a network of pipes to the solar water system for ease of access. The WATER NETHERLANDS project ran over 2 months to reach 630 beneficiaries with a total USD budget of $26,430.