Myanmar is located in southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Bangladesh and Thailand. The climate is tropical with seasonal monsoons.
Rice, which covers 60 percent of the cultivated land, is one of the staple crops of Myanmar. Collaborations with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have led to the production of 52 varieties of rice since 1966.
Myanmar is also known as the world’s second largest opium producer, with Afghanistan being number one. The country is responsible for 8 percent of total worldwide yields.
Myanmar is one of the most underdeveloped and populous countries in the world. Economic advancements, although improving, remain a challenge.