532. Young Farmers for the Future

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Before 2011, formation of farmers labor organization was forbidden in Myanmar. AFFM was established, with a few members who owned less than 10 acres of land. In 2014, with the help of  the MTCP2 Project, AFFM started to organize more farmer members from village levels to township and up to region / state levels.  Finally  AFFM, thanks to the intense commitment successfully received registration with the government at the Federation level on 22 May, 2015, and at this time our unions was at 503 unions now in 2019 it has increased to 539 unions.

AFFM saw low participation of youth in agribusiness, which was further attributed to the limited access to key resources, such as land, start-up capital, role model business mentors and increasing numbers of youth migration moving from rural to urban areas as well as to other countries, to find jobs and earn better salaries.

In order to find a solution to this problem  AFFM started to define a specific strategy aimed  to build up youths innovative skills, to involve more young farmers through creative ideas for improved sustainability and a safe  modern agriculture sector. To this end, AFFM sent youth members to the Next Generation Agriculture School, to help encourage the continued development of the agriculture sector, through youth participation.

AFFM started working together with Need Myanmar School and supported the enrollment of young farmers, interested to be involved in the agriculture sector, so that they could learn about better farming techniques and labor and agriculture legislation to protect their rights.

Now, AFFM has more than 25 young farmers groups in Yangon, Sagaing, Magway and Ayerwaddy Regions and in Kachin, Kayin, Shan, Chin States, who successfully attended the 10 months and 6 months training courses, centered on sustainable agriculture, environmental justice, community development, leadership and  farmers organizing. AFFM sends 4 to 5 young farmers every year to NEED – Eco Village school Farm and AFFM provided students with transportation and other supports for youth agriculture ToT. After the young farmers complete the course, they return to their villages and start giving trainings to their communities on sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation. The AFFM provided support for the training course thanks to the AFOSP-MTCP2 project.

Some of young farmers are now working with their family in farming projects and they earn  good salary for their families, by selling their products on the market (mushroom, other vegetable and crops).

The MTCP2 contributed by supporting the cost for their transportation to attend the 10 month agriculture-training courses in Mawbi Township, Yangon. After the training courses conclusion, some young farmers, through the AFFM support and thanks to the AFOSP-MTCP2 project that covered the expenses costs, were able to promote other training courses in their own areas.

 

 

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