Seed development may be conceptualized as a chain of different steps. First of all, a new variety is developed, early generation seeds are then produced. Seed production of the new variety is then scaled up, by means of a multiplication process until the seed is within the reach of farmers.
One of the bottlenecks identified in the seed sector of Myanmar is the lack of integration between the different stages in the seed value-chain. There are few feedback mechanisms between these components, which are also managed in Myanmar by different organizations, seed companies and producers as well as agro-dealers. Adequate and complete information that might be able to guide the multitude of actors and processes involved in seed value chain is also missing.
This component is designed to improve seed value chain coordination. the Myanmar Seed Sector Road Map was developed in 2016 to tackle these issues, upon the request by Myanmar Agriculture Network, in cooperation with MOALI, the private sector and a number of international organizations. The main purpose of the Road Map was to arrive at a joint, strategic agenda for the next 4 years transforming the current seed sector into a vibrant and competitive seed sector, that is able to cater to the diverse needs of Myanmar ’s farmers. The policy context, the challenges and the opportunities for the seed sector are described in the Road Map document.
The Road Map sets out the guidelines for an action plan that was launched during the first National Seed Sector Platform Meeting, on 4 April 2017, in Nay Pyi Taw. The Platform gathered together high-level representative of the government, the private sector and development partners to further develop the prioritized action points. The outcome of this meeting was the development of a Seed Sector Action Agenda, that was officially launched in 14th June 2017.
On 4 April 2017, during the National Seed Sector Platform Meeting, the Integrated Seed Sector Development Programme formally kicked off.
By providing support to strengthen the coordination of the different bodies involved in the sector, ISSD Programme ensures that stakeholders are well-established and are informed by coherent policies.
To this end, a range of activities, from research to capacity building, are performed under Component 1.