The rice seed supply and demand system in the Ayeyarwady delta, Myanmar
The purpose of this study was to analyse the rice seed sector in the Ayeyarwady delta and document seed use, demand and supply in Myanmar. The study aims to provide the Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) with recommendations for its investments for improving the rice seed sector’s performance in an integrated and sustainable way.
The study consisted of i) a seed use survey, ii) a seed supply survey, and iii) a seed sector assessment. Based on the three study components, the study team was able to link variety, seed use and supply to develop a scenario for forecasting seed demand. The study concludes with twelve recommendations. Among other, the team recommended to promote the uptake of new varieties though providing farmers with adequate information on these varieties and through market creation; strengthen the demand for quality seed by differentiating for quality in the grain market; strengthen the business orientation of seed producers in intermediary seed system as well as strengthening informal seed system; upgrade the seed production and quality control infrastructures as well as develop township level seed quality assurance unit; establish a seed sector platform for dialogue, alignment and coordination for the Ayeyarwady region.