VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry-Department of Agriculture (MAF-DOA), the focal agency for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded project, Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns (ATMI-ASEAN) in Lao PDR, will hold its first National Project Steering Committee (NPSC) Meeting on 12 November 2018 at the Vientiane Plaza Hotel here. The ATMI-ASEAN project is being implemented by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as lead and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) as implementing partner.
The 1st NPSC Meeting will serve as a venue to familiarize the committee members with the ATMI-ASEAN project, and to provide inputs to the planned national-level policy study on the maize value chain of Lao PDR. A general discussion will likewise be facilitated to identify the capacity-building needs, not only of the focal agency and research institution involved in the project, but also other key industry stakeholders. The succeeding project activities will also be tackled during the meeting to reach a consensus on the schedules.
Mr. Vilaysouk Khennavong, Director General of MAF-DOA, will deliver the Welcome Remarks and will serve as the NPSC Chair of Lao PDR. Dr. Silinthone Sacklokham, Vice Dean and Associate Professor of NUOL, will present the proposed study on Analyzing Cross-Border Maize Value Chain in Lao PDR to gather inputs from the NPSC prior to the actual conduct of the research.
Mr. Soulivanh Pattivong, Country Programme Officer of IFAD in Lao PDR, as well as Ms. Aniq Fadhillah, ATMI-ASEAN Policy Facilitator of IFPRI, will both speak on behalf of their respective institutions, and serve as observers. For SEARCA, the Center will be represented by members of the ATMI-ASEAN Project Support Unit (PSU), namely, Prof. Jimmy B. Williams, PSU Coordinator, and Ms. Bernice Anne C. Darvin, Project Associate.
Around 30 representatives from the government, academe, farmers and civil society organizations, and the private sector are expected to attend. This NPSC meeting is part of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities of the ATMI-ASEAN project. (Bernice Anne C. Darvin)