The CESD, in conjunction with two Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MOALI) representatives, participated in workshops conducted over the span of five days at The Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in Laguna, Republic of The Philippines.

The workshops are one of the three major components of SEARCA’s partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute, which aims to assist targeted ASEAN Member States (AMS) in designing programs and strategies for food security and value chain development in the region. Primarily, the focus is on small-scale rural producers
(SSRPs) and their integration within the ASEAN market. The workshops comprised two major themes: Communicating Research on Inclusive Agricultural Value Chains with Policy Makers and Policy Proposal Development on Inclusive Agricultural Value Chains.

The CESD attended the workshops to improve research, policy development, and communication processes surrounding agricultrual value chain work in the beans and pulses sector in Myanmar. The Centre for Economic and Social Development, in collaboration with the Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO), is currently working on the development of beans and pulses sector through a series of state and regional consultations in Myanmar.

 

During the SEARCA workshop, The CESD produced two outputs: a policy brief and draft policy proposal based on data from the recent Magway consultation. Other participants included representative from Cambodia, Laos, The Philippines, India, and Vietnam in a bid to foster cooperation and knowledge sharing across the region.

SEARCA’s aim is that such analyses will increase knowledge and understanding of the linkages and interrelationships that exist among the various actors along the chain, and provide evidence-based information that will support policy makers and program planners in better shaping policies and programs to enhance the overall performance of the value chain. Additionally, the workshop advocated the importance of producing evidence-based value chain analysis to guide policies and interventions and at the same time translating complex research findings into clear, simple, concise actionable recommendations.