An analysis of the Myanmar edible oil crops sub-sector
Oil crops play an important role in the rural economy of Myanmar, being second only to rice in terms of overall relevance. But despite its importance, the sector has been facing a series of challenges that have constrained its performance. These include a lack of productivity growth, reduced oil extraction levels and quality, increased net foreign exchange costs, limited efficiency of current oil crop processing operations and lack of national standards for edible oils. To address these problems, the Government of the Union of Myanmar (GoUM) requested the collaboration of the Food and Agriculture Organization of he United Nations (FAO) to design a project aimed at the sustainable development and competitiveness of its oil crops sector. A development project was prepared and submitted to the OPEC Fund for International Development, which approved a loan to GoUM providing funds to execute a series of activities and investments aimed at increasing oil crop productivity and output, increasing efficiency and quality of edible oil extraction, and providing policy, management and institutional support.