In a remote village in Myanmar, a recent harvest of gourd, corn, pumpkin, beans, cucumber, radish, and marrow – to mention just a few of the many crops – provides clear evidence of the success of the Ecovillage Project. Started in 2019by Khin Zar Chi Latt, a Myanmar Young Leader programme alumna (MYLP 2016), this permaculture project gave village youth a broad training in ecology before digging and planting their extensive garden on school land.
But in an exciting development, driven by the community leader Tin Htwe (MYLP 2019) in consultation with local youth, this project has grown from an eco-garden into a community-based tourism venture.
Panyit is a small village of about 200 households on the Dawei Peninsula in southern Myanmar, reliant mainly on fishing and farming. The aim is that the garden and village is a model for others, attracting visitors and tourists and, at the same time, providing a range of alternative jobs and opportunities for the next generation.