Building more inclusive, resilient and sustainable food systems entails a multi-level approach to partnerships: at the field level, at the national level, and at the regional level.

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Our Country Partnerships, and their locally-based Secretariats, coordinate activities on a national-level, which include national forums, policy dialogue, and learning and networking events. The Country Partnership Secretariats also act as facilitators to the Working Groups, which form the backbone of our network. These crop or issue-based coalitions serve as a mechanism for stakeholders with aligned interests to collaborate on market-oriented activities.

At the field level, Working Group partners typically co-design, co-implement, and co-fund direct interventions along the value chain that benefit smallholders. Examples at various phases of the value chain include:

  • Pre-farm: improving access to quality seeds, crop protection, irrigation, and fertilizers;

  • On-farm: knowledge transfer and farmer training and capacity building that can empower

  • decision-making and improve productivity;

  • Post-harvest: identifying market opportunities (both domestic and export) or encouraging value-adding activities to improve the profitability of smallholders.

At the national level, Working Groups are also involved in sectoral coordination on policy, national roadmaps, financing, market issues, and other shared challenges for their industry. 

At the regional level, the Grow Asia Secretariat in Singapore provides strategic support to the Country Partnerships and coordinates activities around regional programs with the potential to make value chains more inclusive, support adoption of climate-smart solutions, and increase food safety and security. These programs - which we refer to as flagships - are: Agri-Food Innovation, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Responsible Agricultural Investing, and Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience. In addition, we have ongoing programs around regional response to pests & diseases and supporting regional knowledge exchange.

Our work is guided by four operating principles:

1

Smallholder-focused, keeping the farmer at the center of all initiatives and investments.

2

Country-led and locally-driven, owned by stakeholders and aligned with national plans, strategies and goals.

3

Multi-stakeholder and inclusive, engaging government, private sector, international organizations, civil society, farmer organizations and others.

4

Market-based, focusing on catalyzing and expanding sustainable, inclusive investments and market-based activities.