FAO Myanmar has been implementing a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project entitled “Sustainable cropland and forest management in priority agro-ecosystems of Myanmar (SLM-GEF)” since July 2016 in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MOALI) and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC). The project aims to build the capacity of farming and forestry stakeholders to mitigate climate change and improve land condition by adopting climate-smart agriculture (CSA), sustainable forest management (SFM) and sustainable land management (SLM) policies and practices. The Project helps in mitigating the looming threats of climate change to which Myanmar is very vulnerable.

The “Models for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices demonstrated and enhancing carbon storage in three priority agro-ecosystems” is an integral part of the project. This component deals with the CSA aspects which also includes the establishment of CSA Center as one of the key activities. Accordingly, a National Climate Smart Center has been established at Yezin Agriculture University (YAU) following the agreement with the concerned Ministries and other stakeholders. The National CSA Center was jointly opened by His Excellency Dr. Aung Thu, The Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and Ms. Xiaojie Fan, FAO Representative in Myanmar on 17th August 2018. The CSA Center is acting as the national CSA knowledge repository and catalyst and is a focal point for the advancement of knowledge, monitoring of impacts, and adoption of CSA/SLM practices.

The National CSA Center was established and became functional under the scope of collaborative work between FAO and YAU. Currenlty, YAU successfully manages in establishment and operationalisation of the CSA Center; forming A National CSA Technical Support Group (TSG) and organising their regular meetings; installalling Gas Chromatography machine and organise training; establishing demonstrations and organising a National CSA Workshop.

First Year Phase:
CSA Center establishment and operationalization.
Second Year Phase:
Consolidation and broadening of the activities and functions of the CSA Center.
Third Year Phase:
Institutionalization and post project sustainability of CSA Center Functions.