Action Agenda: Seed Sector Development in Myanmar
The Action Agenda was developed during a large public-private gathering in Nay Pyi Taw, on 4 April 2017.
At the meeting there was high-level representation of the government, the private sector and development partners. The organizations present included: the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture Research, Department of Agricultural Planning, the National Seed Association of Myanmar (NSAM), the Myanmar Agriculture Network (MAN), the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank (IFC-WB), Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Agriculture Development Support Project (MOALI/WB ADSP). Together the participants agreed that greater coordination and alignment is necessary between government and support activities. The Action Agenda aims to divide tasks between support projects and presents a coordination structure for subsequent platform meetings and monitoring of progress.
The Action Agenda builds on the Seed Sector Road Map that was approved in December 2016. The Road Map brings together the main policy ambitions of the government in terms of: (1) the enabling environment (including company legislation, plant variety release, quality assurance, plant breeder’s rights and imports and exports); (2) public sector development (related to breeding, early generation seed, seed testing and inspections); (3) private sector development (focusing at infrastructure development, capacity development and support for local seed production); and (4) seed sector coordination (with respect to the establishment of a national seed association, regional seed growers associations and the seed sector coordination platform).