Enhancing seed trade in the Asia Pacific region through phytosanitary compliance and public private partnerships
Seed trade is assuming greater significance in Asia-Pacific. However, there are a number of phytosanitary concerns that affect the safe seed trade of developing and least developed countries. The most prominent concerns include pest lists (that are not updated for seed-transmitted pests) affecting the Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) process (ISPM 2), not having ePhyto system in place, lack of compliance to international standards (ISPM 38) and also a lack of coordination or partnership of NPPOs with the private sector represented by the seed companies. The purpose of this PPG thus is to develop a project proposal to strengthen phytosanitary compliance and public private partnership for enhancing seed trade for the Asia Pacific region.