https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ1xc491mnU

Jeffrey Sachs delivered a jolting speech during the ongoing pre-summit of the UN Food System Summit. It was a wake-up call meant to jolt the people attending the summit. It’s also a reminder that the root causes of our dysfunctional food system is still anchored on inequality and on the many faces of the growth-driven development models.

I was watching this video while I was having dinner of sauteed local vegetables with meat. The meat I bought from a local butcher shop here, the okra/lady finger I got from the garden in my yard, and the long beans too…


“The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” — Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals

Credits to Bangkok Post. Protester in Yangon demanding the release of their leader, Daw Aung San Su Kyi and the restoration of the civilian government.

“The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” — Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals

The current political crisis in Myanmar is a crisis of power relations between two formidable political forces in the country. How the current political and economic landscape will look in the next 6 months is anybody’s guess.

Conflicts happen when there is instability in the power relations. In this case, you have on one side the pro-democracy movement started by the National League for Democracy (NLD) anchored on…


Dolls and puppets sold in Bagan in the Myanmar central dry zone, an apt representation of a transition democracy influenced by the many opposing forces in and out of Myanmar.

These past few days have been a roller coaster ride of emotions and anxiety with the current events in Myanmar. It is very difficult to imagine the feelings of the Myanmar people when they heard the news of the coup in the early morning of February 1, 2021.

I came to Myanmar for the first time in 2014 to do a week-long training on community disaster risk reduction for a group of 15 local NGOs in the country. Community programs on disaster prevention and preparedness started the many community development programs in Myanmar. The aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, the mismanagement…


Climate Change, Ecology, Poverty and COVID-19

While the news about COVID-19 is dominated by the race for vaccines and the economic recession of countries, my thoughts went back to the poor communities in the Sundarbans in the southwest of Bangladesh. I was for several years been involved in the work of local non-profit organizations in this region in building disaster resilience against storm surges, cyclones, and sea-level rise. …

Wilson John Barbon

Describes himself a ruralist, a tattooed development worker in southeast Asia advancing the interests of rural communities.

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