The countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)—comprising Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and Yunnan Province of the People's Republic of China—established a Working Group on Agriculture (WGA) in January 2003 to facilitate consultations on common issues in the agriculture sector and to identify opportunities for increased regional cooperation. On the basis of discussions at the meetings of the WGA in 2002 and 2003, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) conducted a rapid assessment of agricultural biotechnology in GMS in November 2003. As a result of the assessment and subsequent consultations, ADB and GMS countries reached an understanding on the objective, scope, financing plan, and implementation arrangements for this Technical Assistance (TA).
The TA aimed to strengthen capacity and regional cooperation for the safe use of advanced agricultural science and technology and for the related food safety in GMS countries, thereby contributing to sustainable agricultural growth in the region. At TA completion, the outcome was to (i) increase basic awareness about advanced agricultural science and technology and related food safety issues among key stakeholders in GMS countries, (ii) strengthen the technical capacity of the relevant institutions in GMS, and (iii) enhance appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks in GMS countries.
Asian Development Bank
Agrifood Consulting International provided project coordination for the project and expertise in biotechnology, environmental assessment, and social analysis.