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ANDE ESEA/Mercy Corps Myanmar: Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab #6 in Yangon
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ANDE ESEA/Mercy Corps Myanmar: Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab #6 in Yangon

When: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Phandeeyar
628/636 Merchant Road, (10th Floor, Royal River View Condo) Between 29th and, 30th St.
Contact: Andrea Skinner
+66 82 249 2542

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ANDE ESEA Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab #6

Co-led by Mercy Corps Myanmar

From Biomass to Solutions: Myanmar’s Experience 

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 | 8:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Phandeeyar,628/636 Merchant Road,
(10th Floor, Royal River View Condo) Between 29th and, 30th St.
Yangon, Myanmar



The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) invites you to join the sixth regional Learning Lab on Sustainable Agriculture to discuss challenges and best practices in Agriculture Small and Growing Business (SGB) in East and Southeast Asia. This lab series aims to bring together stakeholders - ANDE members and key players in the agriculture ecosystem - to discuss key global and regional challenges ranging from agri-business model, sustainable finance innovation, role of women as sustainable consumer and investor, agtech and roles of technology in tackling climate change, energy access, and food security in the region.

This session will explore challenges and lessons to promote clean technology for ‘biomass to solutions” in Myanmar covering various topics from technology R&D and adoption, to green financing and enabling environment issues. This session will be in English.

Key Takeaways:

1) Documented challenges, lessons on the promotion of rice biomass to energy
2) Proposed moving forward plan





08:30 AM – Registration

09:00 AM – Welcome and Introduction to the Session
  By Leo Roozendaal | Country Director | Mercy Corps Myanmar

                     Andrea Skinner | Program Associate | ANDE

09:20 AM – Potential of Biomass for Solutions

  Hear about the research behind bridging agricultural livelihoods and energy access planning in Myanmar, as well as how optimizing the use of biomass can increase the potential for circular economies.

                 By  Angela Mae Minas | Researcher | Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester

The Tyndall Centre at the University of Manchester’s key areas of research focus on analysing options for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Tyndall Manchester conducts discrete engineering, scientific and social science research, and synthesises findings to provide an integrated system-level understanding of climate change.

                      Marco Gaspari | Deputy Country Representative Myanmar | GERES

Geres is a development NGO working in Europe, Africa and Asia to improve living conditions and fighting against climate change and its impacts. It encourages the development and rollout of innovative, locally-based solutions, supports territorial climate and energy policies and mobilizes all stakeholders around Climate Solidarity, urging them to take action and stand up for the most vulnerable.   

                      Thiri Aung | Environmental Specialist | World Bank Group

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Its five institutions share a commitment to reducing poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development. It aims to end extreme poverty by reducing the share of the global population that lives in extreme poverty to 3 percent by 2030, and promote shared prosperity by i ncreasing the incomes of the poorest 40 percent of people in every country.

                      Babette Bodlaender | Country Manager | AgriProFocus Myanmar

AgriProFocus Myanmar is a network of NGO's, companies, government and research institutes joining forces to make agribusiness work for development. It believes that primary producers worldwide are the key to local economic growth and sustainable agri-food systems. AgriProFocus promotes and drives farmer entrepreneurship among farmers and their organizations. 

10:00 AM – Lessons from Practical Experiences

Hear about the current status of key topics around rice husk to energy technologies, policy on public power purchase agreement and contract management, along with green financing can help move this sector forward

                 By  Saw Dino Ku| Managing Director | A Bank

Ayeyawaddy Farmers Development Bank aims to bring development in agro-based industry through value chain financing i.e. increasing the access of finance at every stage of value chain starting from production to consumption. A bank also intends to support SME development and “Financial Inclusion of Unbanked Population” by delivering technology-enabled, diversified banking products and services through multi-channels approach.

                       U Soe Tint Aung | Founder, CEO and Daw Thet Su Mya | Director | Royal Htoo Linn

The Royal Htoo Linn Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (RHL) is a leading rice husk gasifier manufacturer in Myanmar. The gasifier is developed for up to 2MW electricity production suitable for small and medium scale millers and village electrification. The clean and efficient gasifier has no liquid discharge and has passed a test by the Department of Research and Innovation.

                       U Ye Min Aung | Chairman | Myanmar Rice Federation

The Myanmar Rice Federation is Myanmar’s national organization for the rice industry, representing the private sector of Myanmar rice industry. The objectives of MRF are to support and implement the sustainable development of Myanmar rice industry by optimizing the effective and efficient utilization of all the available resources in rice industry. 

                       Moderator: Dipti Vaghela | Consultant | Hivos

Hivos is a development aid organization, headquartered in The Netherlands. Hivos provides financial support to organizations working in Africa, Latin America and Asia, it provides advocacy and it supports knowledge sharing in particular in the field of social change, digital activism and rural innovations.

10:45 AM – Coffee Break 

11:00 AM – Interactive Session

Participants will help develop key recommendations and identify actions to help promote the development of biomass to solutions and how stakeholders can help build these business 

11:50 AM – Closing

12:00 PM – Lunch



 Angela Mae Minas | Researcher | Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester


   Angela Mae MINAS (PhD) is a social scientist in the field of agriculture and low carbon
   energy based at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in The University of
Manchester. She applies her interdisciplinary expertise in social innovation, participatory
   methods, and social network research to identify capacity building pathways for
   bioenergy development in Southeast Asia – working in projects across the Philippines,
   Vietnam, and Myanmar.


Thiri Aung | Environmental Specialist | World Bank Group


   Dr. Thiri Aung works as an Environmental Specialist for the World Bank and is based in
Yangon. Dr. Aung has extensive technical expertise and strong in-country experience in
   Myanmar. She works on analytical activities and investment projects of the World Bank
   supporting environment, natural resources and blue economy sectors in Myanmar.
   She was one of key team members for the woodfuels study which was recently
   conducted by the Myanmar Forest Department, in partnership with the World Bank
   and Geres.

Babette Bodlaender | Country Manager | AgriProFocus Myanmar


  Babette is passionate about sustainable development. She has been working in Myanmar
  for 3 years in different capacities, working on sustainable approaches in the
  development sector. Since 1.5 year she has been leading the network organisation
  AgriProFocus, with a strong focus on inclusive agribusiness and agripreneurs.Babette
  gained her master's degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at Utrecht University
  in The Netherlands.


Dipti Vaghela | Consultant | Hivos

   Dipti Vaghela is the co-founder and manager of the Hydro Empowerment Network
a South-South knowledge exchange platform that advances policy,
   technology, and socio-environmental aspects of small-scale hydropower, established
in 2013. Based in Myanmar, she also supports the Hivos Green and Inclusive Energy
a multi-actor effort to further advance Myanmar’s homegrown mini
 biomass energy, and PV-irrigation practitioners. Dipti brings seventeen
   years of 
experience in developing decentralized renewable energy solutions for rural
 in S/SE Asia, bridging communities, entrepreneurs, NGOs, government,
   academia and donors. 
She holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the
   University of California, Berkeley 
and a MSc degree in Environmental Studies from                                                       San Jose State University. Dipti is a recipient of the 2016 Fulbright Public Policy
                                           Fellowship and the 2013 Switzer Foundation Environmental
 Leadership Grant. 

ANDE ESEA Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab #6 Session is co-led by


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