To help improve the lives and prospects of smallholder farmers and landless people in rural Myanmar, the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund was established in 2009.
By the end of 2016, 7.2 million rural people – or roughly 20 percent of Myanmar's rural population – had received LIFT support. In 13 states and regions and 222 townships, 1.6 million households had directly benefited from LIFT activities by the end of 2016, including 240,000 female-headed households. Nearly 200,000 households had received support in agricultural production and just over 163,000 people were trained in agricultural techniques.
The LIFT-funded Agribusiness Finance Programme (AFP) provides affordable finance for tractors, threshers, combine harvesters and other equipment to thousands of farmers across Myanmar. Since the AFP began in 2016, farmers and rural entrepreneurs, many of whom would otherwise not have been able to afford to introduce machines to their farms, have taken up 3,125 lease contracts for farm machinery valued at more than $60 million.
LIFT is supported by the Governments of the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States of America and the Mitsubishi Corporation. Funds are pooled for aid effectiveness and are managed by UNOPS. The Fund's mandate has been extended twice at the request of donors, and activities are expected to continue at least until the end of 2018.