GMS Nations Finalise Strategy to Promote Agro-based Value Chains

A senior level Working Group on Agriculture (WGA) from the Greater Mekong subregion (GMS) gathered in Siem Reap province on July 13-14, 2017 to finalise a five-year strategy to promote safe and environment-friendly agro-based value chains (2018-2022).

Mr. Pavit Ramachandran, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) Senior Environment Specialist said that the GMS Strategy and Action Plan would pave the way for the subregion to become a global player in safe agri-based food products that are produced through sustainable and climate resilient means.

The focus will be on inclusiveness and impacting the small-scale farmers and micro and small agri-enterprises in the subregion, he added.

According to an ADB's news release, this Regional Strategy and Action Plan will be finalised by the WGA members for endorsement by the six Ministers of Agriculture at the Second GMS Agriculture Ministers' Meeting to be held on Sept. 8, 2017 in Siem Reap.

Members will also discuss achievements in the implementation of the GMS Core Agriculture Support Programme Phase II (CASP2) and the preparatory work for the follow through ADB technical assistance that will support the ensuing Strategy and Action Plan.

They are also set to discuss the outcomes of the highly successful GMS one-stop market pavilion and the policy forum organised at the recently concluded THAIFEX�World of Food Asia 2017 in Thailand. The GMS market event in THAIFEX attracted more than 17,000 visitors, and negotiated about 350 business deals for more than 200 GMS agriculture products.

The GMS includes Cambodia, the People's Republic of China (specifically Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press