Country Situation

Three young women Farmers in Myanmar's central dryzone in the farms during plantation season. Photo by: Hein Latt Aung/ Oxfam

Myanmar is the second biggest country in South East Asia, bordering five countries and with a population of over 50 million. Although it is rich in resources, around one quarter of the population still live below the poverty line. Myanmar is currently emerging from decades of strong state control and undergoing a political reform process which is changing the economic and political face of the country. Most people work in agriculture but industrialization is happening fast and there is a growing manufacturing industry.  Despite speedy economic change, Myanmar is still characterized by a high prevalence of natural disasters and multiple, protracted conflicts. Over 600,000 people are thought to be displaced from across Myanmar as a result of humanitarian emergencies and disasters.