Livelihoods and Food Security Fund - LIFT


The Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT) is a multi-donor fund, coordinating and contributing aid to rural development in Myanmar. Within its strategy period 2019-2023 LIFT will benefit 3.7 million additionl people with a strong focus on leaving no one behind, while working on more inclusive government policies and supporting the private sector. As chair for the LIFT Fund Board in the coming 12 months, Switzerland will ensure LIFT’s conflict-sensitivity and benefit from additional access to key decision makers.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Myanmar
Employment & economic development
Agriculture & food security
Employment creation
Agricultural financial services
Agricultural services & market
Informal banking & insurance
Rural development
01.07.2019 - 30.06.2024
CHF 14'450'000
Background About 70% of Myanmar’s poor people live in rural areas and more than 30% of children under five years old are stunted, impeding the country’s long-term growth prospects. The political and institutional factors that need to be addressed for inclusive growth relate to conflicts, the slowing pace of reforms, low capacity and accountability of the public sector, and the elite’s domination of key economic sectors, services and assets. Despite the fact that Myanmar’s agricultural growth is lagging behind compared to neighbouring countries at a similar stage of development, agriculture still constitutes 30% of GDP and absorbs 50% of the total labour force.   
Objectives

LIFT’s goal is to contribute to Myanmar’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11.

LIFT’s purpose is to strengthen the resilience and sustainable livelihoods of poor and vulnerable groups in Myanmar, particularly women, internally displaced people, migrants, smallholder farmers, landless people, people with disabilities and those vulnerable to trafficking and forced labour.

Target groups The primary beneficiaries of LIFT’s programmes are rural households, including the rural landless; particularly women, internally displaced people, migrants, smallholder farmers, people with disabilities and those vulnerable to trafficking and forced labour with a focus on ethnic minority and conflict-affected areas. LIFT builds capacities of government as well as local civil society organizations for their importance in inclusive policy development.
Medium-term outcomes
  • Improved nutritional status, particularly of women and children
  • Increased household income and assets with greater control by women
  • Reduced vulnerability of households and individuals to shocks, stresses and risks

Four thematic foci:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Financial inclusion
  3. Agriculture, markets and food systems
  4. Decent work and labour mobility.
Results

Expected results:   In line with the changing context, LIFT will sharpen its focus on: inclusion and social cohesion, support to areas affected by conflict, bring displaced people into development programmes and work with government at all levels on targeted policies that achieve gains in these areas. Key outputs will include improved gender-responsive policies and public expenditure; increased control of credit and savings by women; increased quality and coverage of nutrition interventions; Increased institutional capacity for provision of inclusive and socially responsible financial services; Increased access to information, training and support services for women and men migrants and other vulnerable workers. All in all, LIFT expects to reach a total of 3.7 million additional people.


Results from previous phases:  

Key results from 2009 through to 2018:

  • 11.6 million people receiving LIFT support in 2018
  • 1.19 million households report increased incomes
  • 5.4 million people living in households with increased assets
  • 2.6 million people are served by LIFT-supported microfinance institutions (90% are women)
  • 423,947 households have increased their crop productivity
  • 540,803 households received nutrition training
  • LIFT successfully piloted cash transfers and behaviour change communication campaigns to reduce stunting: government started to roll out with own funding in 2019

Insight: LIFT-generated knowledge and experience impacts government policy and public spending with potential positive results on a broad scale


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Other UN Organisation


Other partners
Local and international NGOs, UN agencies, research organizations, and government departments. With the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation LIFT helps guide the national Sector Coordination Group on Agriculture and Rural Development; other government partners include the Department of Social Welfare, the National Nutrition Center, and the Ministry of Health and Sports.
Coordination with other projects and actors
  • Coordination among LIFT Fund Board members: UK, EU, Australia, CH, USA and Canada
  • With other UNOPS managed funds: Access to Health Fund, Joint Peace Fund
  • With other SDC projects mainly in skills and market development and governance
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   14'450'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   223'000'000
Project phases Phase 6 01.07.2019 - 30.06.2024   (Current phase) Phase 5 01.07.2017 - 31.12.2018   (Completed) Phase 4 05.12.2014 - 31.10.2017   (Completed) Phase 3 15.12.2013 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 2 01.12.2011 - 31.12.2014   (Completed)