Calls made for continuation of survey to evaluate impact of Emerald Green Project

Dr Aung Naing, director of the Social Policy and Poverty Research Group (SPPRG), has expressed the importance of continuing to study the Mya Sein Yaung (Emerald Green) Project for the next three to five years in order to be in a position to understand the benefits and impacts of the project itself.
“We selected control villages in order to make a comparison as to how much of a positive impact the project has made. The primary objective of this project’s research is to collect a set of baseline data. That’s why it’s important for us to continue to collect data so that comparisons can be made during the conduction of this project over the next three, four to five years,” said the director.
Approximately 4,400 households from 908 villages and 95 control villages were selected for the Emerald Green Village Project during the 2015-16 fiscal year. Control villages were selected from all 17 States and Regions around the country, including that of the Naypyidaw Council, which would allow for comparisons to be made as to the actual impact of the project.
“In order to mitigate losses during the implementation of the projects, programs of risk management, problem solving and gender equality are carried out. All-inclusive discussion forums are then held annually during which feedback is given in order to understand what weaknesses of the project need tweaking.” said U Khant Zaw, director-general of the Department of Rural Development.
The Emerald Green Village Project will have reportedly been implemented across a total 7,733 villages from within 288 townships – over 12 percent of the country – between the fiscal years of 2014-15 to 2016-17.
The project is a multi-agenda driven rural development initiative that seeks to increase employment opportunities and household incomes; reduce rural poverty; facilitate the conduction of self-sustaining livestock breeding activities; ensure replete food stocks and nutrition for those in rural areas; improve basic village infrastructure; develop rural commodity manufacturing enterprises; and improve the capacity of villagers themselves.
Over 70 per cent of Myanmar’s population lives in a rural environment, nearly 30 per cent of which live in poverty.—GNLM

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