Annual Report 2015: Mountain innovations and community practices

Addressing Water Shortage Spurs Ginger Farming in Myanmar 

The upland villages near the Myanmar tourist hub of Inlay Lake had been left out of its growing economy, and ginger farming could help them out of poverty. But a key ingredient was missing: water.  

Ginger doesn’t require much water, but when there’s only a single pond left during the dry season and it’s already crowded with buffalo, farmers don’t have many options. ICIMOD’s first step: Address the water problem through rooftop rainwater harvesting, new ponds, and better management. The idea proved so popular that households not involved in the pilot began building the water systems themselves.

The concept spread to five additional villages, with USAID and Winrock replicating ICIMOD’s pioneering work and doubling its impact. Improved ginger farming is now underway, bamboo handicraft production will start soon, and the once-dry villages are set to benefit from the economy around Inlay Lake.

  • 10 % increase in market price of ginger  for local producers
  •  84,000 additional gallons of water available after constructing and repairing water tanks 
  • 2,800,000 litres of water stored in new and improved community ponds