The theme of this issue is “Enabling Environment” which refers to the various factors involved in enabling farmers have access to quality seeds and thus grow the food needed to address the looming regional and global food security crisis. The magazine includes coverage of a recent workshop on this theme that was co-organized by APSA, the World Benchmarking Alliance and International Seed Federation. There is also coverage of other recent events and public-private partnership initiatives between APSA and its partners and industry stakeholders. These include the Mekong-US Partnership workshop on strengthening sustainable seed systems in Lower Mekong countries; the 8th Expert Phytosanitary Consultation, which was held in Bangkok in August and attended by officers from regional and international National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) as well as National Seed Associations (NSAs). Furthermore, there are contributions from the International Seed Federation related to the recent GB9 in Delhi India; upcoming World Food Day; a feature from Seed World about the South American seed industry; and insights on the international seed trade contributed by IHIS Markit of S&P Global. The issue also has regulatory affairs updates from New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, and information about the upcoming Asian Seed Congress in Bangkok Thailand, including an interview with the director of Thailand’s National Omics Center.
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1 Based on the WTO, Global Trade Alert and World Bank monitoring of trade policy changes since February 2022
3 https://www.wfp.org/publications/wfp-global-operational-response-plan-update-5-june-2022 June 2022
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