CPRI 02: Living with Opium

Livelihood Strategies among Rural Highlanders in Southern Shan State, Myanmar

Myanmar/Burma accounts for 18% of global opium supply. Despite the international ‘War on Drugs,’ opium poppy continues to be cultivated in Myanmar as a way to generate profit and as political tool to counter ethnic resistance and ideological insurgenc.

Khun Moe Htun’s research reveals the factors that have contributed to the development of opium farming in upland Shan State, as well as elements contributing to today’s flourishing production. His work examines livelihood strategies used by farmers to cope with risk and vulnerability, and analyzes the opium-related discourses of the Myanmar government, regional agencies, international organizations, and local eradication campaigns.

Publication date: February 2018

Published through Chiang Mai University Press