The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) is a multi-donor fund established in 2009 to improve the lives and prospects of smallholder farmers and landless people in rural Myanmar. LIFT is working to ensure that Myanmar’s rural economic transformation is inclusive.
Their activities lead to improved food security, and they help people to cope better with shocks and setbacks. They promote agricultural commercialisation, climate smart agriculture, financial inclusion, business and skills development, and targeted nutrition support for mothers and children. They fund a migration window to make migration safer, and to connect workers to new economic opportunities and jobs. They use evidence to encourage greater public and private funding, and to inform the development of rural policies that will improve the lives of poor people.
Their donors are Australia, Denmark, the European Union, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. From the private sector, the Mitsubishi Corporation is a donor. LIFT is managed by UNOPS, who administers the funds and provide oversight and monitoring.
So far, LIFT has reached more than three and a half million people, or roughly ten per cent of Myanmar's rural population, and has been active in just under half of the country's townships.
LIFT is a multi-donor trust fund that improves the lives and prospects of rural poor people in Myanmar, with generous contributions from the United Kingdom, European Union, Australia, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, and the United States of America. From the private sector, the Mitsubishi Corporation is a donor. To date, the donors have committed more than USD 400 million to LIFT.
LIFT is much more than a funding body. Aside from financing 147 projects to date, LIFT provides technical expertise, targeted research and its position of oversight to improve programme design and cohesion for better overall impact. LIFT also works closely with the Government of Myanmar to promote pro-poor policies.
LIFT’s goal is to sustainably reduce the number of people in Myanmar living in poverty and hunger, and to ensure that Myanmar's rural transformation is inclusive. They work to achieve these four outcomes:
- Increased incomes of rural households
- Increased resilience of poor rural households and communities to setbacks and change
- Improved nutrition of women, men and children
- Improved policies and effective public expenditure for pro-poor rural development
Where is Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT)