MYSAP facilitates large-scale stakeholder consultation on aquaculture development strategies and benefits for food security, nutrition and livelihoods in Myanmar.
YANGON, Myanmar, 31 October, 2017 – The Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) organized a Stakeholder Consultation event on 31 October in Yangon, bringing together over 200 representatives of ministries, private sector associations, academia, civil society organizations and international development agencies conducting work in related technical areas.
At the event, the participants exchanged expert knowledge and experience to identify the most effective strategies to build a stronger and more sustainable aquaculture sector, and to realize its potential for food security, nutrition and livelihoods.
The participants divided into six breakout groups on aquaculture policy and institutions, services and education, availability and access to necessary inputs for production, value chains, nutrition and food security, as well as inclusiveness and fair work opportunities.
“The potential of fisheries to create work opportunities in rural areas and contribute to better jobs and nutrition for the population is very significant. The European Union is committed to support the development of the sector and be partners in improving the lives of disadvantaged communities”, said Dr. Johann Hesse, Head of Development Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to Myanmar.
The event also provided the opportunity for participants to showcase their contributions and identify partners to maximize impact through working together.
The event successfully concluded with closing remarks by Director General of the Department of Fisheries U Khin Maung Maw: “I want to thank you all for your active participation and commitment to drive forward sustainable aquaculture development, nutrition and livelihoods.”
MYSAP is a Department of Fisheries programme implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), with EUR 22.25 million in funding by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.
The five-year programme seeks to sustainably intensify the aquaculture sector in Myanmar, thereby realizing its potential for nutrition, food security and livelihoods. MYSAP aims to promote inclusiveness by working with small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), irrespective of gender, ethnic group, or religious background, in the States and Divisions of Ayeyarwady, Rakhine, Shan and Sagaing.