- The capital and main city is Yangon.
- The official language is Burmese
- Area: 261,228 sq mi (approx. 3x the size of the State of Michigan)
- Population approx. 52 million in 2014
- Climate: Myanmar lies in the monsoon region of Asia, with its coastal regions receiving over 5,000 mm (196.9 in) of rain annually
Fun Fact: Myanmar has the largest book in the world. The book is situated in Kuthodaw pagoda in Mandalay. It has 1460 pages and 730 leaves. Each page is 107cm (3.51 ft) wide, 13cm (5.1 in) thick and 153cm (5.02 ft) tall!
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Publications and Presentations
Published on May 23, 2019
Ben Belton, Myanmar's Rural Transformation: Evidence from the Food Security Policy Project, Food Security Policy Project, Michigan State University, May 23, 2019
Published on May 16, 2019
Dr. Ben Belton, will be discussing recent findings of large scale surveys implemented by FSP in Myanmar and the need for policies in order to support successful livelihood diversification and leverage greater value from existing agri-food value chains.
Agriculture and Rural Transformation in Myanmar: Implications for Development Strategy with a Spotlight on Shan State
Published on May 10, 2019
Ben Belton, Isabel Lambrecht, Duncan Boughton, Agriculture and Rural Transformation in Myanmar: Implications for Development Strategy with a Spotlight on Shan State. April 26, 2019.
Published on May 9, 2019
Ben Belton, Land and Rural Transformation in Southern Shan State: A Comparative Perspective, Food Security Policy Project, British Embassy, Yangon. May 9, 2019.