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Food security: Rice banks in Myanmar

A case study about a way communities can ensure all are able to eat and plant rice

2003

Rice banks ensure that community members have access to rice (to eat and to plant) during periods of shortage, eg the critical transplanting season and when harvests are poor due to bad weather or natural disaster. Participants borrow rice with a low interest rate.

This short case study explains how rice bank committees, made up of trained volunteers from the community, can then choose to use some of this interest to help people in particular need.

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