Better Rice Initiative Asia (BRIA)

Global circle Country: Multinational Cooperation

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2013 – 2017


The project aims to:

  • promote sustainable rice production
  • strengthen value chains
  • raise incomes of rice farmers
  • develop capacity
  • contribute to improved nutrition of the population

Project Description

BRIA strengthens the whole rice value chain, starting with farmer trainings and then marketing of rice at local and regional markets. GIZ and public and private partners work on tailor-made approaches to improve livelihoods of rice farmers and enhance nutritional situations in the project countries. The contribution towards food and nutrition security as well as economic development in rural areas is to be measured by increased agricultural productivity and income, improved availability of nutritious food, and food self-sufficiency.

Mr. Mahyugi (33), a young farmer in Serdang Bedagai, stated “BRIA Field School has fostered my confidence to continue working in my own rice field instead of working in the city.” He was pleased with his rice harvest. For the first time, he achieved 7,500 kg rice per ha yield, a significant gain compared to his average yield of 6,575 kg per ha. This was made possible through assistance provided by BRIA.

Mr. Supri (35), farmer in Langkat, stated after the FFS and plot demonstrations, he didn’t need to spend as much as usual on the purchase of fertilisers. By conducting the recommended soil testing, he was able to calculate the optimum fertilizer composition and reduce fertiliser costs.

Delfin Capioso Jr., an extension worker, said, “BRIA’s adult training helps me a lot. I learned how to present complicated content in a way older farmers can understand and apply easily.”

Delfin also found the climate change and crop insurance modules particularly useful. “I apply this know-how during the trainings conducted with farmers in the field. It enables me to provide higher-quality extension services that help the farmers I work with, cut costs, adapt better to climate change, and earn more.” Delfin measured success in small steps. “At the end of each day, I feel fulfilled that I am able to help farmers.”


Success Stories

BRIA follows a holistic approach to improve the Indonesian rice sector through Capacity Development (CD) of multi-stakeholders along the rice value-chain. The integrated CD approach covers several activities such as:

  • Improve the knowledge and skills of farmers in best farming practices
  • Improve the capacity of extension services to strengthen technology transfer to farmers
  • Strengthen rice farmers’ organisations and business oriented farmer group development by improving the interest of young adult farmers in rice farming
  • Improve the awareness of nutrition in farmers’ households
  • Better market access through collective marketing and contract farming

Photo 3 phils photoIn 2015, BRIA started Field School activities in the North Sumatra Province, specifically in the districts of Langkat and Serdang Bedagai. The Farmer Field School (FFS) is a training system approach that aims to transfer technical and practical know-how and skills to rice farmers through technical training, physical demonstration in the field and learning by doing exercises.

FFS is conducted continuously from the pre-cropping stage until post-harvest. One curriculum is run for one crop cycle and consists of 16 meetings, each offering a different topic. Apart from sustainable rice cultivation knowledge, the project strengthens the skills of farmer groups, introduces market linkage opportunities and improves nutrition awareness in farmers’ households.

Photo 4 TH Rice VarietyIn Santa Barbara municipality on Panay Island, central Philippines, 32-year-old Delfin Capioso Jr., a municipal agricultural extension worker, is striving to improve the incomes of 400 smallholder rice farmers.

BRIA is helping Delfin and more than 60 other extension workers and lead farmers to work more effectively with rice farmers through training under the BRIA Fostering Agriculture and Rice Marketing through improved Education and Rural advisory Services (FARMERS) project. Besides Panay, BRIA trainings are also conducted in Southern Leyte and Aurora Provinces. So far, around 140 farmers have been trained through BRIA and more will follow. The trainings cover 14 topics that include optimised rice cultivation techniques, farm business management practices, climate-smart agriculture, and the adult learning methodology. The adult learning approach helps to improve learning outcomes through farmer-friendly training delivery that focuses on farmers’ specific needs and engages them more actively through field activities and learning games.

Besides offering ToT courses, BRIA is supporting 13 partner municipalities financially. Through a local subsidy, the municipalities can carry out additional trainings for farmers, conduct a larger number of farmer field schools and extend activities on their demo sites. BRIA also plans to support farmers and farmers’ associations in the field of marketing, so that farmers can manage their farming in line with market requirements.

Contact Person

Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekarn
Regional Project Director
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

39/1 Soi Sukhumvit 13, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey Nua,
Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Tel: +66 2255 4202 Ext. 111