CAPSA and Network Activities Group organized a two-day ‘Workshop on Advocacy to Promote Participatory Decision-making for Climate-resilient Agriculture in Myanmar’s Dry Zone’ from 29-30 September 2016 in Magway under the LIFT-supported project. The objectives of the workshop were to highlight the importance of participatory decision-making and advocacy for climate-resilient agriculture in the Dry Zone, and strengthen the capacities of local and provincial governments as well as development partners such as civil society organizations, private sector and farmer groups, to undertake advocacy and use participatory decision-making methods. The workshop also aimed to support the ongoing process of reforms in Myanmar and the transition towards democratic governance.
More than 25 participants from Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway Regions of the Dry Zone took part in the workshop. The event was designed to maximize interactive learning, and encouraged active contributions from the participants through discussions and group work. The participants strengthened their skills for prioritizing various sectoral issues relating to sustainable agriculture, analysed current participatory decision-making practices, tested stakeholder analysis tools, and developed group as well as personal action plans for advocacy.
Overall, the workshop capitalized on the knowledge of Participatory Rural Appraisal imparted to participants in three earlier workshop, and equipped them with enhanced capacities to ensure the voices of local stakeholders are reflected in policy formulation and implementation for more resilient and sustainable agriculture in the Dry Zone.