June 14, 2008
Problems for Burma's farmers. Nargis is affecting the world food supply, and the junta's management of the situation -- and forced evictions of people in affected areas -- isn't helping.
Burma's farmers also need diesel fuel in order to plant rice. With a kleptocracy at home they must look for help abroad.
Falling rice production will lead to shortages in the future for both Burma and southeast Asia. In years past Burma was the world's leading rice producer but under the junta those numbers have fallen off.