Though Htilo’s home and family are in the town of Loikaw, he spends most of his time up in the mountain village of Shin Phyu Tang, where he manages a 1,000 acre farm, owned by the Catholic Church. The farm’s main crop has long been fruits such as oranges, apples, mangos, jackfruit, bananas, and pineapple, but Htilo is slowly moving over to tea, cardamom, jackol beans, and pine trees, as he feels the soil and climate conditions are better suited to these…..
Gani is a man all about coffee. As a farmer he grows it. As a businessman and entrepreneur he processes it and markets it. And as a lover of coffee he drinks it. Gani maintains, for a farmer to drink his own coffee is deeply important for it inspires him to strive toward high quality and gives him a sense of pride…..
Name: Makiko Nakamura ARI Name: Makiko Year at ARI: 2008, 2009 (as Graduate Intern) Country: Japan When Makiko Nakamura finished her university studies, she was eager to get involved in an NGO doing development work abroad. She secured a position at a UN agency in Nagoya as a research assistant for environmental projects but soon realized this was not what she was looking for. Their approach was “always like top down and it’s good on the paper, but not really good for the people,” she recalls. Around this time, she began volunteering at a weekend program for children. It involved kids in rice and vegetable farming and invited stone craftsmen … Read more…
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