UNODC Alternative Development Projects in Myanmar
Food security in Myanmar
People living in the area covered by the project are not able to produce enough food and much of the land that could be used for agricultural purposes is being used to cultivate opium poppy. The project aims to assist farmers in several villages in the Southern Shan State to improve their farming techniques and increase their income, enabling them to invest in sustainable legal agricultural practices that will benefit the wider community. This project intends to meet or even exceed food needs of the community. which can then expand its economy by increasing its involvement in agribusiness. This will enable the provision to markets of processed products, which command higher prices.
Regional project in South-East Asia : Increasing food security and promoting licit crop production and small-farmer development enterprise development in the Lao People's Democratic Republic and Myanmar
The project's aim is to address the pressing needs related to the current opium scenario, enabling farmers to achieve food security and be self reliant without having to cultivate opium poppy in order to generate an income. Activities focus specifically on alleviating poverty by improving food security levels in selected communities in the Lao province of Oudomxay and the Pekhon township in Myanmar's Southern Shan State. The project's main strategy is to assist small farmers to join the mainstream of economic and business development by implementing interventions that increase agricultural productivity. Small-farmer associations and cooperatives will be strengthened. Major target groups are communities that are currently active in the cultivation of opium poppy and communities that cultivated opium poppy in the past and suffer from food deficiency.