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ANDE ESEA/MEDA: Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab #7 (Webinar)
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ANDE ESEA/MEDA: Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab #7 (Webinar)

When: May 28, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (GMT +6:30) Yangon
Where: Webinar (please note - the event is May 28 in Yangon which is May 27 EST)
Contact: Andrea Skinner
+66 82 249 2542

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ANDE ESEA Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab #7 (Webinar) Co-led by MEDA

Gender-inclusive Agribusiness Development in Myanmar
Thursday, May 28th, 2020

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Yangon 
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Bangkok

(Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 
10:30 PM - 12:00 AM EST)

Please note that this session will have some sessions conducted in Myanmar language with English translation provided simultaneously via chat feature.

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) invites you to join the seventh 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 present and explore successes and challenges in gender-inclusive agri-business growth and development. Featured speakers include representatives along the value chain: women producers, small businesses, and larger agribusinesses. Companies will discuss the concrete benefits of working with women as producers and employees, such as improved adoption of improved agricultural practices, as well as the challenges such as lower literacy and the multiple burdens of women’s workload. MEDA’s Gender Equality Mainstreaming (GEM) Framework and tool will also be introduced. 


  • Promote new gender-inclusive approaches and practices in order to increase adoption within the sector

  • Connect key stakeholder actors working in sustainable agriculture sector in Myanmar with an increased opportunity for rural participation




9:00 AM  - Welcome and Introduction to the Session

9:10 AM  - The Business Case for Gender Inclusive Sustainable Agriculture

                 Hear from companies on how their  responsive practices have resulted in benefits for the company and women

                   U Nyan Lin | Managing Director | Shan Maw Myae Co. Ltd

                   Daw Naw Moe Moe Aye Dwe | Managing Director | Future Glory Co. Ltd


9:35 AM  - Women in Agriculture 

                 Hear from women on the ground speak about their experience and recommend potential solutions to address gender equity in the sector

                   Daw Khin Cho Aye | Female Sale Agent

                   Naw Say Phaw | Rice Miller


9:55 AM   - Reflection Session


10.15 AM - Moving Forward

                 Hear from One to Watch, a business accelerator that bridges the gap between impact-oriented SMEs in Myanmar and international and local impact investors, on how they will invest in (gender) inclusive agribusiness and about their new program targeted at supporting local agricultural SMEs to become investment ready.

Ada Chai | Program Coordinator | One to Watch 


10:25 AM - Closing/Evaluation





ANDE ESEA Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab #7 Session is co-led by


MEDA is passionate about helping entrepreneurs in developing countries build stronger businesses and more prosperous lives. Since 1953, we have worked with companies and local partners around the world to create lasting and sustainable solutions to poverty. In Myanmar, MEDA, with funding from the Government of Canada, is implementing the Improving Market Opportunities for Women (IMOW) project aimed at increasing women’s participation in the country’s evolving economy – particularly agriculture - and becoming active, respected and empowered economic actors and leaders. IMOW launched in 2015 and runs until 2021 within the rice and vegetable agricultural value chains where women are active participants. The goal is to support 25,000 women in Shan and Kayin states and 125,000 indirect clients who will benefit from women’s improved household incomes and status.


ANDE ESEA Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab Co-leaders: