One Year After a Devastating Cyclone, a Bitter Harvest

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Science  08 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5928, pp. 715
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_715

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A year after one of the deadliest cyclones in modern history, Myanmar's food security teeters on a knife's edge. Emergency food relief averted starvation among the 2.4 million survivors in the Ayeyarwady delta, and rice production countrywide has largely rebounded thanks to favorable weather and the use of high-yield varieties. But Nargis paved the way for another crisis—the global financial meltdown—to push Myanmar to the brink of catastrophe. Credit has evaporated, paddy farmers are going broke, and household rice stores are dwindling.