Slideshow - Myanmar 2012

  • Lack of livelihoods is a key challenge for Myanmar's rural poor. According to World Bank estimates, roughly one in four households live below the poverty line

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  • For many women, selling vegetables in the open market is one of the few sources of cash income. Economic opportunities for women remain limited

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  • Once the world`s largest rice exporter, only a fraction of cultivable land is now devoted to the crop

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  • Many women struggle to provide for their families

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  • Many Burmese have two jobs just to get by

    Jason Gutierrez/IRIN
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  • A fisherman hauls in his catch. Inland fishing was badly shaken by Cyclone Nargis in 2008

    Jason Gutierrez/IRIN
    /photo/Details/201203280734470691/A-fisherman-hauls-in-his-catch-Inland-fishing-was-badly-shaken-by-Cyclone-Nargis-in-2008
  • Myanmar has a coastline of nearly 3,000km and a continental shelf of 228,000sqkm, as well as a vast inland river system

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  • Fish, a major source of protein, is a staple component of the Burmese diet. Fish sauces and fish pastes are a particular favourite

    Jason Gutierrez/IRIN
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  • Dockers jostle for room at daybreak in Yangon. Unemployment remains particularly high among young people

    Jason Gutierrez/IRIN
    /photo/Details/201203280738450180/Dockers-jostle-for-room-at-daybreak-in-Yangon-Unemployment-remains-particularly-high-among-young
  • Burmese women often work alongside their male relatives on family farms and in small businesses

    Jason Gutierrez/IRIN
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  • Microfinance initiatives could play a big role in Myanmar. Only about 10 percent of demand for small loans is now being met

    Jason Gutierrez/IRIN
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  • The government of Myanmar aims to boost production of the country's agriculture sector to improve the socio-economic status of rural people

    Jason Gutierrez/IRIN
    /photo/Details/201203280746360569/The-government-of-Myanmar-aims-to-boost-production-of-the-country-s-agriculture-sector-to-improve

Myanmar 2012

MARCH 2012 - Life in Myanmar has never been easy, particularly in rural areas where the vast majority of the country's 55 million people live. Over 70 percent of the population earn their living from agriculture
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