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Advancing Climate-Smart Agriculture Practices and Innovations in the Southeast Asia Region

27 October 2022
Advancing Climate-Smart Agriculture Practices and Innovations in the Southeast Asia Region
[GIZ / Diella Dachlan]

The 2nd knowledge exchange of the AIF on the last week of June 2022 aimed to promote innovations, climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices, public-private partnerships and cooperation in the agricultural value chains.

Organized in a hybrid form, the event consisted of two parts. The morning session was for AIF partners and GIZ to discuss the overall progress, challenges, and lessons learned in the AIF implementation. The second part in the afternoon was a public event for stakeholders, including ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) to exchange CSA practices focusing on climate-related topics.

“Climate issues increasingly become a priority topic, as it continues to affect agriculture and food production. Therefore, we need to work together, strengthening our partnership and collaboration among public and private stakeholders to find ways to overcome these challenges,” said Ms Pouchamarn Wongsanga, Regional Component Leader, ASEAN AgriTrade Project, GIZ, in the opening.

The participants received an overview of the AIF implementation. Butterfly peas, cassava, cashew nuts, chili, lychee, mango, and mushroom are among the value chains in the partners’ implementation.

These innovations aim to overcome climate change challenges, applying good agricultural practices while improving production and standard quality of the value chain to meet market demand. Cambodia showcased two partners, SmartAgro and Handcrafted Cashew Nuts Stung Treng (HCST), a partner of GIZ Strengthening the Climate Resilience of Agricultural Systems in Cambodia and Viet Nam (CRAS) project.  Myanmar shared insights from Kayan Farmers and Myanmar Pann.  Lao PDR presented Organic Home Lao, while Viet Nam highlighted the experience from Toan Cau Company.

Please visit the ASEAN Agrifood website and download the AIF factsheet to learn more about AIF and its partners’ activities.

Challenges and Opportunities of CSA Practices in the Regional Level
The afternoon session, attended by some 117 participants, brought together experts, policymakers and the private sector to share CSA practices, including challenges and opportunities.

To learn more about the challenges and opportunities of CSA practices at the regional level, please visit ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) in this link

Contact person
Vivi Octavianty
Promotion of Sustainable Agricultural Value Chains in ASEAN (ASEAN AgriTrade)

Key buzzwords
Nature-based Solutions, #climateactions, #climatechange, #climateresilience