Make vulnerable communities more food secure and resilient to climate change, while enhancing economic opportunities, strengthening civil society, and improving health and nutrition.
Recent large political reforms have resulted in opposition parties, relaxed media censorship, and thawing relations with countries like the United States. Yet Myanmar’s socio-economic situation remains extremely dire. Heavy reliance on agriculture for livelihoods makes communities vulnerable to droughts, floods and tropical cyclones, all of which are liable to increase in intensity with climate change.
- Agriculture & Food: Providing tools, high-quality seeds and skill-building to boost rice production; funding roads and other infrastructure to connect remote farmers to markets
- Economic opportunity: Running resource centers for vocational and agricultural training and resources that grow household incomes
- Women & Gender: Helping women organize village vegetable gardens that provide food for their families and turn them into businesses for additional income
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Myanmar: Daw Than Than Shwe, rice farmer
Fifty-five-year-old Daw Than Than Shwe, a mother of two, grows 27 acres of rice in Kyu Taw village in Myanmar's Irawaddy Delta.
Myanmar: Improving harvests in a cyclone's wake
Tun Myint, 61, has been farming since he was a teenager. Smiling broadly under a bamboo hat, he greeted us and was eager to take us to see his 20 acres of rice fields.
Myanmar: Buffalo dominoes
During the eight-hour drive from Yangon to Myanmar’s Delta region, I’d seen lots of beautiful water buffalo hanging out in mud by the side of the dirt roads, flicking their ears lazily. Farmers across the delta rely on them to help plough their land, so they’re a common sight.
Myanmar: Small animals bring big dreams
Cyclone Nargis, which devastated large swaths of Myanmar (known also as Burma) in 2008, took everything from residents like 59-year-old Daw Hla Kyi — including her livestock.
Myanmar: Responding to Cyclone Giri
Mercy Corps has dispatched an assessment team to Myanmar's western coast in the wake of a cyclone that has left 71,000 people homeless, according to UN estimates.
Myanmar: Regrowing the Garden
Life here in Bo Kone, Myanmar, a village of about a thousand people, has never been easy. Located on an isolated island in the Irrawaddy Delta, it's about an hour's boat ride to the nearest town.
Myanmar: Helping Myanmar, one year after the storm
Myanmar: Burmese farmers caught in poverty trap
Farming communities in Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta have always followed a cycle of debt. Each year, wealthy land owners would lend farmers money, tools and cattle needed to till the soil. After the harvest, the debt is repayed and the cycle continues.
Myanmar: Field interview: Michael Gabriel
Mercy Corps' work in Myanmar in the months following the devastating cyclone that struck in the country in May 2008 has begun moving from disaster relief to longer-term recovery work.
Myanmar: Taking Charge of the Recovery
Kan Bet, Myanmar - In my four years at Mercy Corps, I have often heard colleagues talk about "community mobilization" as something central to our approach in the field, but to be completely honest, I never really understood it.