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MYANMAR: Rice harvests lost in Kachin conflict zones

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The annual harvest season in Myanmar's northern Kachin State has come and gone but much of the rice crop has not been harvested or was never planted after fighting between government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) erupted on 9 June 2011 after a 17-year ceasefire was broken. (..) But getting into the most-affected areas will only be the first step, Marcus Prior, spokesman for World Food Programme (WFP) Asia, told IRIN on 5 January. (..) "Our operations across the country are facing significant shortfalls - right now WFP only has funds to guarantee food deliveries into February."