Sacha inchi: A new crop for Myanmar farmers
Struggling farmers from the Bago area will learn to grow a type of mountain peanut from South America called sacha inchi. Marketed as a superfood, sacha inchi is said to offer a variety of health benefits, with its oil a rich source of Vitamin E and a sustainable form of omega-3 fatty acids.
The local farmers union has provided land for this new venture and UnionAID is funding the buildings and training each year for 150 farmers in this crop and other agricultural techniques.
In addition to the agricultural training, farmers will be taught about labour rights and land rights, important knowledge in Myanmar as foreign investment rapidly increases.
They will also learn the principles of co-operative farming and as the project progresses it hoped the farmers will be able to establish their own small-scale co-operatives.