Burma's Bounty

Burma is a land of agricultural bounty—its rice yield ranks as one of the highest in Southeast Asia. This richness has cushioned the ruling junta from the food riots that are starting to plague neighboring states.

206 Number of kilograms of rice per person per year consumed in Burma, the highest in the region

3.8 Number of tons per hectare of Burma's rice yield—44 percent higher than that of neighboring Thailand

2,912 Average number of daily calories consumed by Burma's citizens, the highest in Southeast Asia

6 Percent of Burma's people who are malnourished, as opposed to 20 percent of Thais and 19 percent of Vietnamese