A Burmese court finds 33 farmers living next to a Special Economic Zone guilty of criminal trespass, a ruling seen by activists as a blow to land rights in a country with a rising demand for property for industrial use.
Police forcibly broke up a sit-in last night, when they cleared farmers, who were protesting land grabs, from a site in central Mandalay. The farmers had been occupying the protest site at 62nd Street, near the southeast corner of the city’s historical moat, for over three weeks, demanding justice for those affected by land seizures …
The introduction of more productive crops is a key strategy for helping vulnerable communities in the Dry Zone.
In central Burma’s harsh dry environment, drip-irrigation vegetable gardens help hundreds of families get by.
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.
Many farmers in Arakan State suffer from the lack of labour, low mechanisation and poor market access for farm produce.