Addressing climate vulnerability and farming system challenges with local agroecological knowledge
Rapport, 2018

Landslides and floods in the aftermath of

extreme weather events are already a

challenging reality for rural communities in

northern Chin State and Sagaing Region and

will likely be more common in the future – in

effect of global climate change. Many rural

communities in Myanmar were devastated by

the impacts of extreme weather events during

the 2015 monsoon season. These events

caused the loss of lives, and destruction of

villages, rural infrastructure and croplands of

small scale farmers. Already poor and food

insecure households were thus thrown into


Rural development actors work to address these

challenges; supporting communities to recover

from natural disaster impacts, reduce

vulnerabilities and thus build long-term

resilience to climate change. But to design

successful development interventions,

initiatives require detailed insight into the

realities of rural livelihoods and farming

conditions in target communities. Targeted

project activities need to build on detailed

knowledge about local social, economic and

environmental contexts, climate vulnerabilities,

and farming system challenges. Yet, such

knowledge is not often readily available to

development actors in Myanmar. Instead,

organisations have to find rigorous and efficient

approaches to generate the required information


This brief presents such an approach, and

insights from a research collaboration between

Ar Yone Oo – Social Development Association

(Myanmar) and Chalmers University of

Technology (Sweden). These organisations

partnered in 2017, to document lessons from Ar

Yone Oo’s STRONG project activities for

disaster affected communities in northern Chin

State and western Sagaing Region [3]. The

initiative also conducted participatory research,

to assess climate vulnerabilities and farming

system challenges that project beneficiaries

encounter. Insights from this collaboration can inform inter-organisational learning and

knowledge sharing for rural development and agroecological initiatives in Myanmar, and

across the region.

climate change

sustainable livelihoods

sustainable agriculture

rural development

local knowledge



Laura Kmoch

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Fysisk resursteori, Fysisk resursteori 2

Förändrad markanvändning och utmaningar & möjligheter för småbönder i Myanmar

Chalmers, 2015-08-01 -- .


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