BANGKOK: The Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA) on 29 March signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development in a move that cements cooperation between the two organizations to improve the regional seed industry over the next two years.
The MoU was signed during a ceremony at the APSA Secretariat Office on Kasetart University Bangkok campus, by Mrs. Heidi Gallant, APSA’s Executive Director, and Mr. William Sparks, Director for Winrock’s Feed the Future Asia Innovative Farmers Project. The signing was witnessed by officers from both organizations.
Under the agreement, effective immediately through to 2020, the two organizations agree to cooperate to improve communication, education and implementation of appropriate regulations impacting the seed sector in the region.
The MOU outlines two main objectives that Winrock and APSA will commit to over the next two years. Namely, to align respective and complementary objectives that focus on addressing constraints faced by producers and increasing innovation and growth in the seed sector; and through national and regional fora, to jointly engage with agriculture and agribusiness partners, academic institutions and universities, the public, nonprofit, and civil society sectors, and the private sector; as well as to share and disseminate knowledge and lessons learned gained through activities.
Under the MoU, Winrock commits to facilitating engagement and participation of key local stakeholders; supporting results documentation and knowledge sharing; facilitating local stakeholder coordination and support; and supporting targeted regulatory and legislative changes.
APSA commits to managing training and expert consultations events; providing technical assistance to AIFA priority countries to establish/fortify seed associations; and sharing informational materials to inform and recruit new members in AIFA (Feed The Future Asia Innovative Farmers Activity) priority countries, which include Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development is a nonprofit corporation that works with people in the United States and around the world to improve livelihoods, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment.
Winrock’s AIFA project is based in Bangkok, Thailand, and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to facilitate the scaling of agricultural technologies
through the development of a robust regional innovation ecosystem, commercial partnerships and regional technology transfer, and improved regional policy-enabling environment.
APSA is the world’s largest regional seed association whose members include key seed industry stakeholders representing the public, private and academic sectors in more than 50 countries.