"Can you really enjoy such a varied diet?"

Mission East teaches the Mara people in Myanmar to grow varied crops and prepare nutritious food. The activities create hope and shines a small light in a land overwhelmed by darkness.

You are what you eat. The well-known pun is also applicable in Myanmar. For here the Mara people in the Chin state eat mainly rice and are often unaware of the many nutrient-rich crops that can be grown or picked in the forest.

Mission East strengthens people under pressure in Myanmar

An agricultural project has taught Mr. Sauma to grow a variety of crops so that his children can eat fruits and vegetables all year round. Today he is involved in leading the village's agricultural projects and is expanding his own farm with breeding of chickens, pigs and fish.

Myanmar is in deep crisis. The military regime has cracked down hard on any resistance since took power and ousted the democratically elected government 1 February 2021.

Myanmar: Utilization of the forest's pantry

BRIEF NEWS: As something new, Mission East's partners are now engaging in exploiting Myanmar's forests in ways other than logging for timber.

They inspire the local population to pick fruits and nuts, grow vegetables, catch fish and game, find medicinal plants and extract resin and fiber from bamboo and other grasses. The efforts are part of the sustainable use of their environment to increase their food security and nutrition. The local partners have also participated in several courses to ensure that sustainable agriculture projects reach their goals.

Sustainable farming boosts the entire village

Dipar is one of the women in Myanmar who, despite all odds, has overcome a childhood and youth with poverty, distress and marginalization due to her gender, poor educational opportunities, hunger and wars. Today, she is working to improve the situation of her countrymen and women in Chin State through sustainable agriculture.