Poor women get better living conditions through agricultural activities
The project was based in the North Rakhine State of Myanmar, an area inhabited by 850 000 people, from where 200 000 people fled to Bangladesh in the early nineties. The refugees started to come back in 1995 under the auspices of a UNHCR sponsored returnee resettlement programme. The majority of the population are landless and still rely on daily labour, fishing, or subsistence farming on leased land. Poverty is the major cause of food insecurity and many need regular food assistance to cope with the seasonal hunger gap.