Generating Rubber Opportunities project (GRO)

The production of natural rubber is a key livelihood activity of farmers in Mon and Kayin State and northern Tanintharyi region. CARE International is mandated to implement a Market Systems Development project to work with all market actors and particularly the support institutions (meso level) for improving information, market access and access to inputs for 25,000 farmers as well as improving working conditions of particularly women in rubber plantations.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Impiego & sviluppo economico
Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare
Supporto commerciale & inclusione economica
Servizi agricoli & mercato
Cooperative agricole & organizzazioni di produttori agricoli
01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021
CHF 8'050'000
Contesto 80% of Myanmar’s rubber is produced in Mon and Kayin State and Tanintharyi Region. The vast majority of rubber trees in the South-East of Myanmar are planted by women and men farmers with up to 20 acres (8 hectares) of rubber trees. They produce rubber of low quality and productivity is below potential.

The overall goal is to work towards a market system that is more resilient, competitive, environmentally sensitive and inclusive and where rubber businesses are able to use their land as a business asset.

This leads to the project’s impact objective of enhanced well-being of women and men smallholder rubber farmers and tappers.

Gruppi target

Final beneficiaries: Women and men smallholder rubber producers and tappers

Direct beneficiaries: Besides the final beneficiaries also a broad variety of market actors, including government departments, industry associations, Civil Society and Community Based Organisations and private sector players

Effetti a medio termine
  1. Women and men small-holder farmers and tappers improve their rubber business productivity and quality of produce through better access to technology, information and services.
  2. Women and men small-holder farmers have improved land tenure security and decision-making power to leverage land as a business asset.

Risultati principali attesi:  

  1. Rubber input and service providers have strengthened knowledge and capacity and provide better inputs and business services.
  2. Market actors improve their understanding and take action, recognising the social and business case for gender-responsive practices/business models and improved working conditions.
  3. Village heads, government and EAOs are implementing land information systems so that women and men small-holder farmers are aware of their land rights and the pathways to obtain land documentation from appropriate authorities.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

  • The first Myanmar Rubber Law was developed to define quality standards and export regulations. GRO was a key player in the law’s development in facilitating a broad public consultation and providing expertise.
  • Through Rubber Seller-Buyer meetings with the participation of the Mon Chief Minister, direct links were established between producers, small and big buyers.
  • 8,986 smallholder rubber farmers (3,145 women) received trainings in gender, land law awareness, tapping skills, rubber processing, and better linkages with processing factories.
  • Rubber farmers depend a lot on the international price for rubber for their income, that is why diversified production systems will be promoted in phase 2.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
Economia privata
  • Care International
  • Settore privato svizzero

Altri partner
CIRAD for technical backstopping on rubber production
Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori Strengthening land governance project (OneMap Myanmar, Land Core Group), LIFT, WWF, other actors in market system development in Myanmar that participate in the learning and exchange meetings organised by GRO
Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   8'050'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   4'035'283
Fasi del progetto Fase 2 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021   (Fase in corso) Fase 1 01.05.2014 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)