Myanmar’s unusually fertile soils and abundant water source are legendary in Southeast Asia. It is even said that Myanmar has the most favorable agricultural conditions in all of Asia. Almost…

Sergiy Zorya |

The changes underway in Myanmar can be felt almost everywhere: in Nay Pyi Taw, portraits of Bogyoke Aung San grace the walls of parliament; in Yangon, traffic is choking roads while construction…

Nikolas Win Myint, Andrea Woodhouse, Sergiy Zorya |

The Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) is a major global rice producer and exporter but its population suffers from serious levels of poverty and malnutrition.   Spanning six countries – China,…

Sergiy Zorya |

Myanmar is undergoing a historic transition. After decades of armed conflict and economic stagnation, the country is beginning to make important strides toward realizing its potential and the…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

  There are many kinds of rice and one of the most popular varieties in Myanmar is called Emata. This word literally means that it’s so delicious that a visitor is still sitting and eating. Emata…

Sergiy Zorya |

A farmer in Myanmar plows a rice field. Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi / World Bank   I met a young rice farmer during my recent trip to Myanmar. He has a tiny plot of land on the outskirts of the…

Sergiy Zorya |

There is clear and present danger that another global food price crisis will emerge sooner than later.  A key signal is the lackluster result of the December 2013 Ministerial meeting of the World…

Bruce Tolentino |

Video Blog: World Bank Vice President for East Asia & Pacific on his Visit to Chin State, Myanmar Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Vice President for East Asia & the Pacific, visited…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Axel talks about his trip to Myanmar in a video below.You can feel the energy in Myanmar today—from the streets of Yangon, in the offices of government ministries and in rural villages. Dramatic…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

The U.N. announced it was suspending relief supplies to Myanmar on Friday after the Government seized the food and aid material that had been flown into the country. Find reports from the New York…

Claudia Gabarain |