A "Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Strengthening Local Capacities for Climate-resilient Agriculture in Myanmar’s Dry Zone" was held from 30-31 May 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Organized by the United Nations Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Network Activities Group (NAG) in collaboration with the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) and the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM), the objective of the event was to promote efforts to strengthen the human, financial, technological and institutional capacities of local farming communities in Myanmar’s Dry Zone to adopt climate-resilient agricultural practices.
Around 50 participants from a wide range of stakeholders including union and regional government, universities, international and local NGOs, community-based organizations, multilateral and bilateral organizations, private sector and farmer associations took part. During the opening session on 30 May, Region Ministers of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation from Magway and Sagaing Regions, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, as well as senior representatives from ESCAP, CAPSA and NAG addressed the audience. The event programme was designed to engage the participants and over the course of two days, keynotes, panel discussions, presentations on government and non-government-led interventions, and group work were organized to maximize interactions.
Among the outcomes, the Multi-stakeholder Dialogue highlighted the importance of strengthening the capacities of local communities for climate-resilient agriculture in Myanmar’s Dry Zone with a focus on smallholders, other vulnerable communities and women. The roles of various government and non-government stakeholders were also examined and various technical, policy and programmatic interventions were reviewed. Overall, the event received a very positive response from the participants who affirmed that it had provided a valuable opportunity for knowledge sharing and networking amongst diverse stakeholders working to promote sustainability and climate-resilience of agriculture in the Dry Zone. The conclusions and recommendations emerging from the meeting will be submitted to key decision-makers in due course for consideration.
The Multi-stakeholder Dialogue was implemented under an ongoing project titled "An Integrated Rural Economic and Social Development Programme for Livelihoods Improvement in the Dry Zone of Myanmar" which is supported by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). The project is being led by CAPSA in collaboration with NAG, APCTT and CSAM. The Department of Rural Development of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation of Myanmar is the focal government agency collaborating in the implementation of the Project.