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4% NEED Burma

Burma’s Network for Environment and Economic Development was established in 2006 against the backdrop of Burma’s ruling military junta’s repressive governance and violence directed against Burma’s ethnic minority populations. NEED aims to work with people across all ethnic groups to build a stronger civil society that empowers rural communities to develop sustainable futures.  Operating in exile in Thailand until 2012, they offered residential courses at their Model Farm Initiative training school covering sustainable agriculture, natural resource management and community development for young people from Burmese villages situated in the border area. Since 2012 they have been able to return to Myanmar and now offer training from their Ecovillage Foundation training school near Yangon. Graduates return to their home villages to share their knowledge and act as ambassadors for sustainable agricultural practices.

We are funding the Ecovillage Foundation for the next three years. Our grant will go towards supporting their training programmes, the purchase of additional equipment for the farm, the planting of 20 acres of organic rice paddy fields (rice is Myanmar’s major agricultural product and covers about 60% of the country's total cultivated land area) and NEED’s work in four neighbouring farms assisting the farmers to convert to organic growing. Our grant will also go towards publicity for NEED to recruit new students to the farm and to disseminate their community-led, sustainable agricultural development model as widely as possible throughout Myanmar.

NEED Burma

 

  Some of the projects we support

4% - Soil for Life - Established in 2002, Soil for Life assists Township communities in South Africa to overcome hunger and poverty through the establishment of food gardens. 

4% - NEED Burma - Burma’s Network for Environment and Economic Development works with people across all ethnic groups to build a stronger civil society that empowers rural communities to develop sustainable futures.

4% - CELUCT - have been working for over 20 years to create sustainable, agro-ecological farming practices to tackle food insecurity in Zimbabwe.

1% - Middlewood Trust - The Middlewood Trust is based in Lancashire and was set up 30 years ago to provide education and research into sustainable living and food production, low impact lifestyles and ecosystems.

1% - St. John's Sunshine - is a community co-operative in Old Trafford which generates solar energy for a community centre and uses the revenue to benefit local people.

View some of the other projects we've supported

 
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