Making Myanmar’s Markets Work for Safe Farmers

It was a Saturday morning and several people have started to gather around small stalls lined up along Nat Mauk Street near Yangon’s Kandawgyi Lake. There is nothing unusual seeing a weekend market packed with shoppers, some of them fresh from their early morning walk, carrying bags of produce. But there is more to this market than meets the eye. This weekly agro-bazaar offers a wide selection of farm-fresh and certified-safe fruit and vegetables.

Called the Safe Food from Safe Farm market, this busy weekend bazaar gathers growers from Yangon and nearby regions to sell their organic- and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified produce. About 20 farmers sell their goods and display the certificates they have received proving that their products are safe and clean.

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