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Administrative structure
The Union of Myanmar is divided administratively into 17 States and Divisions, sub-divided into 63 Districts for a total of 324 Townships. Townships are also further subdivided into 13 759 village-tracts. Following is the list of the 17 states:
Ayeyawaddy, Bago (E), Bago (W), Chin, Kachin, Kayar, Kayin, Magway, Mandalay, Mon, Rakhine, Sagaing, Shan (E), Shan (N), Shan (S), Taninthayi and Yangon.

The village-tract is the basic administrative unit which is made up of one or more villages depending upon the size of population in each village. Statistics are collected usually on village tract basis. Each village tract is under the management of a committee which is directly supervised by the Township Peace and Development Council. These administrative bodies are an integral part of the agricultural statistics system and provide the necessary assistance in the collection, compilation and maintainance of records at the village tract level.

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Introduction
Atlas CD: cover The digital agricultural atlas of the Union of Myanmar is a collection of GIS-derived maps, tabular data and related documents depicting political, physical and agricultural resources in Myanmar. Data are integrated in a “warehouse” framework, which is the core component of FAO's Dynamic Atlas technology. Dynamic Maps is the free GIS software that displays data warehouses.


Dynamic Maps interface The atlas contains general layers from international data providers and agricultural-related layers generated from 2001-2002 statistics collected at state/division, district and township level. Tabular information and maps are linked to build a geographical information system for agricultural resource managers.


The atlas derives from studies carried out by the FAO Investment Centre under the framework of the project "Myanmar Agriculture Sector Review: Analysis and Investment Strategy Formulation" (see below).
Myanmar Agriculture Sector Review: Analysis and Investment Strategy Formulation
This project (pdf, 281 KB), in agreement with the Government of the Union of Myanmar (GOUM) - Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MOAI), was mainly funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with additional support provided by the Asian Development Bank.

The review covered ten subsectors within the overall agricultural sector, including: rural social structure; community development; agronomy; livestock; fisheries; water resources and irrigation; agro-industry; agricultural research, extension and training; and rural finance. Forestry was not included in the study as it had been the subject of earlier work.

Objectives
The Agriculture Sector Review project aims to contribute to the achievement of two long-term development objectives:
  • Achieve a consensus with the GOUM and other stakeholders on the major agricultural issues, policies and strategies and intervention types best suited to address the needs of the rural poor;
  • Mobilize the international community to increase their engagement in improving the livelihood of the rural poor in the Union of Myanmar.
This atlas, which feeds the decision making process in the field of agriculture development and food security, will be deployed to provide targeted users with spatial data and descriptive information derived from national statistics.


Acknowledgement
Under the overall coordination and supervision of Aidan Gulliver, FAO-Investment Centre, the "Digital agricultural atlas of the Union of Myanmar" was compiled by Antonio Martucci, Giulio Marchi and Paolo Prosperi under the supervision of John Latham FAO-Environmental Assessment and Management Unit (NRCE), with the active support of Myo Myint, Manager of Suntac Technologies, who also coordinated the collection of agricultural statistics.

Special acknowledgement goes to the Department of Agricultural Planning (DAP) and Myanmar Agricultural Services (MAS) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of the Union of Myanmar (MOAI) for their support in providing data and information included in this CD-ROM. The preparation of the digital atlas was made possible by funding from the United Nations Development Programme.