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Why promoting small holder agriculture is good for developing countries | Ewan Lamont | TEDxYangon


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Did you ever try growing tomatoes? This talk challenges the myth of large farms representing agriculture development.

Ewan Lamont is Chief Operating Officer of Myanma Awba, the leading group of companies in Myanmar focused on agriculture. He is a strong proponent of agricultural technology and education, and the role they can play in transforming rural communities and accelerating economic improvement across the country.

Prior to the world of agriculture, Ewan spent seven years in Beijing helping foreign investors find their feet in the frothy pre-Olympics days and navigating the world of finance with Chinese characteristics. He left China through the "back door", conducting field research into the ancient Central Asian trade routes for rhubarb seeds – a more lucrative and delicious commodity than silk.
Originally from the UK, Ewan has lived and worked in a scattering of cities across Latin America, Europe and Southeast Asia and holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MA from Cambridge University. He is based in Yangon with his young family and speaks enthusiastic, limited and wildly inaccurate Burmese.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at