A Swiss NGO, Swisscontact, is to train about 3000 disadvantaged people from Yangon Region and Nay Pyi Taw in the hotel trade.
The Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry has deployed a pilot project in Shan State to persuade farmers to change age-old patterns of cultivation that risk depleting forest resources.
A scheme to help poor students from remote areas of the country access higher education in scientific, technical and medical fields was announced at a press conference last week.
Civil society groups have called on the government to give them more time to respond to a draft national land-use policy, saying that planned consultations due to end at the end of the month have been too rushed.
The chair of the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO) has ruled out further negotiations with the Shan State Army-South (SSA-South) after the two armed groups clashed over a territorial dispute.