The F2F Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and leverages the expertise of skilled U.S. volunteers to increase agriculture sector productivity and profitability, and strengthen agricultural sector institutions.
Dr. Ai Thanda Kyaw serves as Winrock’s F2F Country Director Burma. She has more than 20 years of experience as an agriculture and agribusiness expert, team leader, and researcher. As a Country Director since October 2013, she has supported more than 65 volunteer trips, building the capacity of more than 4,500 livestock, horticulture, and aquaculture farmers and other agriculture sector stakeholders in three priority areas: scalable technologies, improved food safety practices, and organizational strengthening of farmers’ groups and associations. In her current role, she also provides sub-sector analyses, cultural orientation, scheduling and logistics, and pre- and post-assignment assistance. As a researcher on both international donor-driven projects and for national organizations, Dr. Kyaw has a long history of leading and coordinating technical assistance activities with NGOs and stakeholders such as livestock farmers, processors, exporters, and agribusinesses throughout the country. She has carried out numerous impact and socioeconomic assessments, analyses, value chain analyses, and studies to support improved livestock sector growth, food security, and animal and human health, and to improve farmers’ livestock practices and family income. Fluent in both Myanmar and English, Dr. Kyaw has master’s degrees in ecology and business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in veterinary science.