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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Disasters, climate, environment» in Myanmar

After two decades military dictatorship, Myanmar (formerly Burma) has been in a process of political and economic opening since 2012. Regrettably, however, today the majority of the population is disenchanted with the supposed democratization. Myanmar continues to be centrally controlled and ruled by the military, and internal conflicts are played out with the use of weapons. The principal victims are people in rural areas, who make up 70 per cent of Myanmar's poor.
Worldwide, Myanmar is among the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters. Tropical cyclones, flooding as well as regular droughts claim thousands of lives each year and compromise the livelihoods of smallholder families.

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Facts

In the second year since becoming involved on the ground, HEKS/EPER has mounted small innovative projects facilitating direct access for 2000 peasant families and indirect access for another 7000 to agricultural machinery, seeds and continuing training, specifically in the area of market prices and accounting. The upshot is that they are producing more efficiently and selling more profitably and enjoying a stable livelihood.

Natural disasters and environmental pollution are on the rise worldwide. Ever more people live in places that regularly experience storms, flooding, droughts and earthquakes. Besides, the over-exploitation of agricultural land, waters or forests is leading to «permanent disasters» such as water shortage, desertification or erosion. Climate change and the exploitation of natural resources, as well as economic crises and armed conflicts are exacerbating poverty and hampering the development of poor and rural regions. To secure the livelihoods of people over the long term, HEKS/EPER formulates strategies together with the local population to minimize risks and better prepare people to withstand disasters.