Deep in the delta

eyes on an island

Last week I accompanied colleagues from Loka Ahlinn on a field visit to the Ayeyarwaddy Delta region in southwest Myanmar. Loka Ahlinn has been working with farmers in the area for a number of years since providing relief and livelihood support in the wake of Cyclone Nargis in 2008.

From the port town of Bogalay we took a traditional boat deep into the delta, through mighty waterways and thin channels with banks bursting with tropical foliage. We visited several villages where farmers receive training on producing a bigger rice paddy yield and are soon to be part of a project to create collectives that lobby for increased rights.

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About James Willsher

Newspaper and magazine reporter since 2004, has freelanced in Russia and Central Asia, and does local government PR. Likes green tea and interviewing people / places. Phil Garrett was a pen name. @JGWillsher jamesgwillsher@hotmail.co.uk
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