Women in Agribusiness Asia (WOMAG) recently partnered with Grow Asia and the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct in a webinar on “Responsible Agricultural Investing in Southeast Asia”. Webinar speakers discussed perspectives on due diligence and the responsibilities of investors in financing agriculture and forestry supply c...

Someone once advised me never to let a crisis go to waste. As such, though these are incredibly challenging and uncertain times I am choosing to use channel some of my energy to think and reflect. Without wishing to appear presumptive, I have set out below some of my learnings from 40 years of working at the interface between interna...

A wide range of digital tools might prove helpful to smallholder farmers. In theory, anything from online trading to AI imaging could add value to farming operations. But what can we learn from talking to farmers? Rather than heading into a village to gain feedback on a new idea, what can we gain from asking farmers how they use tech...

Southeast Asia is a leading agricultural exporter, placing it at the fulcrum of the global food system. It is responsible for 85 percent of global palm oil production, 75 percent of global natural rubber production and 31 percent of global rice production. It is no surprise then that – as the region becomes increasingly vulnerable to...

As the demand for the raw material in the region has surpassed local growers’ ability to supply cocoa beans, Southeast Asia’s cacao farmers have much to gain from improved agricultural practices and increased productivity. While there is a role for research to play here, research into cacao cultivation and effective knowledge transfe...

With over 100 key universities and institutions in ASEAN, there is a lot of value in agriculture research that is yet to be unlocked in value chains. However, due to factors such as lack of access from the private sector and a misalignment of interests between researchers and agribusinesses, valuable findings often are not applied in...

The 2019 Grow Asia Country Partnerships Workshop held last month in Singapore was an eye-opener for the Myanmar Agriculture Network (MAN) Secretariat Team, and a first for majority of the team members – Country Director (U Ye Htut), Engagement Manager (U Htet Aung Phyo) and Communications Manager (Ms. Naw Rosy Love).

The sessions were...

In the interests of clarity, we generally divide Grow Asia’s activities into two work streams: Track One, where the focus is on the individual Country Partnerships, and; Track 2, which is the work we do at the regional level on promoting cross-learning, policy and digital.

In 2019, we have seen significant progress on the Country Par...

Why is it that multi-sector partnerships – collaboration across business, government and the social sector –  offer such an opportunity to be a catalyst for positive social change?  Grow Asia’s approach to development provides an indication of the innovative potential that can be harnessed when committed and persistent people work to...

Grow Asia was invited by the ASEAN Secretariat to present the case for a regional approach to managing the Fall Armyworm (FAW), a pest that has severely affected maize crops. It is now spreading rapidly across the Asian continent.

To put that threat into context, consider this: ASEAN has an annual demand for around 50 million tonnes o...

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