Buffalo graze in parched paddy fields in Min Kin Kon village, in Mandalay’s Patheingyi township, on July 23. (Kyaw Ko Ko/The Myanmar Times)

U Tin Win’s summer paddy looked perfect. The sight of the serried arrays of green plants brought joy to his heart. But that evening, July 14, was the last time he felt so good. The next day, torrential rains came to his plantation in Kan Thit village, Kin-U township, Sagaing Region. They have barely stopped since.

Read more: Extreme weather: the new normal for Myanmar farmers


Myanmese children play along a flooded street as a vehicle make its way in Yangon

Myanmar is in second place among countries most affected by climate change and the most-affected in the Asia Pacific region, said Environmental Conservation Department director general Nay Aye.

Read more: Myanmar comes in 2nd among countries most affected by climate change


Practically isolated from the global market for 50 years, Myanmar is still largely dependent on agriculture. But the country is one of the most at risk from climate change and no one feels these pressures more than the rural smallholder farmers who make up the backbone of its food system and rural economy.

Read more: Myanmar's Smart Farmers


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