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Myanmar SMU

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, is building Myanmar Saemaul Undong Project, in joint efforts with Korea International Cooperation Agency, KOICA, in 110 pilot villages in 10 Regions and States. The project is implemented from 2014-2015 to 2018-2019 with US$ 22 million.

Goal of the project

  • To uplift standard living for local communities, contribute to socio-economic development of Myanmar

Objectives of the Project

  • Enhance the national rural development policy through Saemaul Undong master plan
  • Build capacity of the Saemaul Undong leaders to enable sustainable undertaking of the project
  • Develop model villages to foster sustainable rural development at the national level

The scope of the project

The scope of the Project is to achieve the above-mentioned goal and objectives are to:

  • Provide Saemaul Undong master plan
  • Develop Pilot Saemaul Undong model villages
  • Establish Saemaul Undong Academy
  • Conduct Impact Evaluation

Basic Cooperation Principle of the effective project implementation

  • Emphasis on changing people’s attitude and the spirit of self-help
  • Strong commitment and Role of Central Government
  • Competition-based approach
  • Promotion of local ownership

The starting point is the leadership education and training for village leaders with an aim to build successful cases. As the SMU model, it is based on the leadership programs that show the ways for each village’s leaders to cooperate with the villagers in order to change their villages by themselves.

The villagers voluntarily take part in planning, implementation and monitoring their village development projects such as capacity building, improvement of living environment and income generation.

The Agricultural Extension and Rural development Training Centre (AERDTC) not only educate the lesson of Saemaul Undong Project but also train the various agricultural techniques with the SMU spirit: self-help, diligence and cooperation and SMU training policy. Therefore, the slogan has become “Myanmar Saemaul must succeed”.

In future, it is anticipated that the AERDTC will grow as the key institution for developing human resources that promotes the sustainable rural development in Myanmar.