For many small farmers in southern Shan State, where roughly one-quarter of all of Burma’s soybean is grown, harvests have declined in quality and volume, putting pressure on livelihoods.
Farmers locked in a land dispute with Burma’s armed forces pledged to renew their fight after being released from jail on Friday, in a case testing leader Aung San Suu…
Challenges abound, but so too does hope that the right set of policies can spur development in this remote part of Burma.
In recent years, farmers in Irrawaddy Division have come under pressure to modernise, as labour costs rise and productivity of the delta’s soil declines.
The move to help rice growers struggling with falling prices comes as farmers become the new battleground between the junta and the opposition.
The loan, to be distributed through the Mya Sein Yaung micro-finance scheme, will be used to support businesses and livelihoods in 401 villages.