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Lobby and advocacy for an inclusive pulse and rice seed sector

Start project:
  • 2017
  • Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Access to and adoption of high-quality certified seed is perhaps the largest challenge for rice and pulses farmers in Ayeyarwaddy and Bago Regions. Within the Civic Engagement Alliance, RDA will work on improving access to good quality seeds by involving farmers and their 'lobby targets' within the public and private sector.

Seed growers and (small holders) farmers, are still poor to access the wider market linkage by the gaps between seed supply and demand as well as weakness in creation of enabling policy environment for the best interest of farmers. The seed business has long term operational measures. Contact farmer together with business producers must craft a business plan according to the finance availability. For cultivation, it requires huge land. Careful field selection is mandatory for quality yield. The land should be level, fertile and free from noxious weeds common to the crop.

Contract farming is the best way to start when farmer don't have enough land of they owned. Contract farming is a bi-party agreement which is made between the farmer and the private company. The agreement contributes directly to the management of the farm through input supply as well as technical guidance and also markets the produce. The main features of this type of contract farming are that selected crops are grown by farmers under a buyback agreement with an agency engaged in processing. Determine CS volume, varieties and quality will be going to produce. According to the land acquired, go for arranging breeder seed. Prepare the budget with the input costs within the government are still unclear and not being participatory ways. There major rice, bean and pulses are facing the issues related to unsupportive law as legal barrier for large scale production and accessible by farmers where only one percent of total annual requirement provided by the Government and its services related to agriculture.

The followings are major problems RDA was identified and it was also recognized by existing Agricultural Development Strategy draft under the SWOT analyzed as weakness as follows;
- Unclear strategy and least collaboration from both private and public sector including investment on seed and agriculture
- Lower capacity and staffing of government staff
- Unclear investment of government and private sector especially for the seed and other inputs
- Less or unclear, complicated seed quality system exist
- As mentioned above, marginalized groups face additional challenges.

Although we do not yet fully know the specific needs and concerns of women, youth, and people who are differently-abled living in our target communities, we plan to work together with these groups to uncover these needs and concerns, and to ensure that all voices are heard in our lobby and advocacy efforts.

Accelerating the Myanmar Mung bean Value Chain

ICCO Cooperation (ICCO) in collaboration with Myanmar Government’s Department of Agricultural Research (DAR), Evers Specials B.V. (...

Project started:
  • 2019
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Accelerating Inclusiveness in Myanmar

Our project goal is to make Burmese inclusive business entrepreneurs investment-ready and connect them to potential investors, in ...

Project started:
  • 2019
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Lobbying for the Elimination of Child Labour in Agriculture

Ratana Metta Organization (RMO) is one of Myanmar's expert ngo's working on the topic of child labour. As ...

Project started:
  • 2018
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