Myanmar’s emerging coffee sector: Opportunities and constraints

  • Myanmar is home to ideal conditions for coffee cultivation, but the sector is still in its infancy.
  • Growing demand in the region and increasing interest in high-quality coffee in developed markets presents a significant opportunity for expanding cultivation.
  • Exports of coffee from Myanmar have increased in recent years. However, much of what is exported is sold to border traders at prices substantially below international commodity values.
  • This brief looks at the potential opportunities and constraints for the coffee sector in Myanmar.
  • The authors highlight the following constraints facing Myanmar’s coffee sector: poor production technologies; a lack of infrastructure; small-scale agricultural production; a lack of a developed value chain linking growers to consumers; poor competition among farmers; and quality that can be improved