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
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.
Myanmar: Kitchen Gardens in Bo Kone
Bo Kone, Myanmar — Life here in Bo Kone, a village of about 1,000 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: Work on the Playground
Be Toot, Myanmar — To be honest, it doesn't look like much: a group of 20 or so people moving clumps of mud from one spot to another in a field surrounded by a few buildings. But this is an important project, insists Mercy Corps program manager Mra Sabai Nyun.
Myanmar: A Welcome Harvest
Bo Kone, Myanmar - It would be hard to overstate the importance of rice to the people of Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta. Rice is the staple food around which all meals are built. It is the cash crop that fuels the local economy.