Tuesday, April 1, 2014

IRRI engages in Asian Development Bank’s initiatives in Myanmar

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MOAI) and the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF) organized a joint knowledge event with the theme “Managing Natural Capital to Ensure Food, Energy and Water Security" on 25-26 March 2014 at Thingaha Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw.

The event was composed of plenary presentations and annual meetings of the Working Group on Agriculture (WGA) and the Working Group on Environment (WGE) as well as a market place exhibition.

Over one hundred participants from six Greater Mekong Sub-region member countries (Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam). Environmental Operations Center (EOC) representatives, senior agriculture and environment officials and energy sector officials, donors and development organizations attended the event. During the WGA working group meeting, Dr. Madonna Casimero talked about the research and development activities of IRRI and identified areas where IRRI, MoAI and ADB can collaborate in Myanmar.

The IRRI Myanmar office also participated in the market place exhibition by showcasing unmilled and milled grain samples of new stress-tolerant, high yielding rice varieties. These varieties were selected by farmers during the participatory variety selection activities for three seasons (two monsoons and one summer) in 2012-2014 in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta.

Publications, videos, and posters depicting IRRI’s activities in Myanmar were also put on display.
Dr. Madonna Casimero (IRRI Representative, Myanmar) and Ms May Nwe Soe (Assistant Scientist) participated in the joint knowledge event.

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