Supporting the world’s farmers in meaningful ways would make a big difference to the income and lives of people in developing economies. It would lead to less dependence on imports and stronger local-food production at a time when food provenance is a growing concern.
But how can this vision be realized? There are many problems to mitigate – for example, the chemicals used in pesticides and fertilizers and their impact on soil and ecosystems, including erosion and biodiversity loss. To support agriculture industries across the world, creating sustainable agriculture practices needs to be a central concern.
Few countries make better test beds for sustainable agriculture growth than Myanmar. An estimated 25 to 30 million people (more than 50 percent of the population) rely on family-owned farm enterprises on small plots.
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