Myanmar Livestock Resources Development Research Association
MLRDRA is one of the centralized associations of the Myanmar Livestock Federation (MLF) and focuses on research and technical livestock matters.
The MLRDRA supports the MLF and its members in livestock sector development through technical training, research, and knowledge sharing to livestock farmers and related businesses in Myanmar.
In 2008, a team of researchers completed a Winrock International funded project titled Socio-economic Factors Affecting Prevention and control of Avian Influenza: (The Case of Village Poultry Farming in Myanmar). Building on the success of the project, the Myanmar Livestock Resources Development team was formed. From 2009 through2011, the team completed eight research assignments, many of which were funded by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In 2011, at the request of the Myanmar Livestock Federation (MLF), the team officially formed the Myanmar Livestock Resources Development Research Association (MLRDRA). Since its formation, the MLRDRA has collaborated with the USAID funded Asia Farmer-to-Farmer program, implemented by Winrock International, conducting research and providing technical training extension to those in the livestock sector. In its relationship with the MLF, the MLRDRA acts as the research, knowledge, and data collection arm; it also engages in research and technical knowledge sharing as a service to the other centralized associations based on their needs.
- To disseminate technical information through knowledge sharing and training sessions to the MLF and its centralized associations.
- To conduct research on factors affecting the livestock sector and disseminate results to livestock farmers and related industries.
The MLRDRA currently has 17 members, many of whom are veterinarians and serve in leadership positions of other centralized associations under the MLF umbrella.
The Executive Committee consists of five members who are elected to three-year terms. The current leadership was elected in 2018
MLRDRA conducted a training on Livestock Waste Management in 2015 with the assistance of USAID-Funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program. The members of MLF sister associations participated in that training.
MLRDRA helped MLF and sister associations on developing the business plans for those association. MLRDRA invited 3 MBA candidates from Thunderbird School of Global Management to develop business plans for MLF (Mandalay Region), Myanmar Dairy Association and MLRDRA itself. USAID-Funded F2F program supported that activity.