In just one day, U Man Cha Koe helped a family in Myanmar increase their income by US $200 a year. That’s huge for farmers living on $1-3 per day.
Small plot farmers in Myanmar face many odds: climate change has shortened the monsoon by 40 days, so crops are more vulnerable to pests and disease. Farmers go into debt to buy pesticides and fertilizers that many don’t know how to use. Simple agricultural knowledge can drastically empower Burmese farm entrepreneurs.
“We go through thick and thin to reach farmers. They prefer us to the pesticide shops.”
Every day, U Man Cha Koe helps farmers diagnose crop diseases, treat pests, and implement environmentally friendly techniques that improve yields and increase farmers’ incomes. He’s a Farm Advisory Services (FAS) agronomist. Much like doctors making house calls, the Proximity FAS team travels to rural villages to show farmers simple climate-smart solutions to their problems.
“Our dream is to reach half of Myanmar's farmers in the next 5 years.”
Already, FAS has helped generate US $46 million in extra income for the country's most vulnerable farmers. We’re expanding our FAS services throughout Myanmar, but we can’t do it without your help.
- $30 gets one farmer immediate, on-site assistance from our FAS staff, as well as follow up visits to advice the farmer until his problem is solved.
- $40 provides an a farming workshop for an entire village.
- $27,000 helps expand FAS into one new township, providing services to at least 5,000 new farmers.
- Even $1 generates $12 increased yearly income for a rural Myanmar household.
Proximity is an award-winning social enterprise that designs and delivers income-boosting products and services to complement the entrepreneurial spirit of Myanmar’s rural families. We’ve been active in Myanmar since 2004, and are proud recipients of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in Agriculture, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, The Schwab Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the Curry Stone Design Prize.