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...

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...

BANGKOK, THAILAND – I recently attended the 2nd Regional Land Forum, organised by the Mekong Region Land Governance group, where agricultural practitioners and leaders joined to discuss smallholder tenure security and solutions to land governance problems emerging in South East Asia.

I have been following the debate around large-scale...

MANILA – On 3 May 2018, Grow Asia ran its first Learning Alliance workshop in Manila to explore the potential and need for linking agricultural researchers with agribusinesses in the Philippines.

 Our goal for this initial meeting was to understand whether facilitating these kinds of conversations might better enable agribusinesses to...

JAKARTA – At the recent Jakarta Food Security Summit, one of the most interesting and certainly most fun sessions I attended was focused on promoting agriculture and farming to young people.

The session was led by Bayer, with Jens Hartmann, Bayer’s Head, Region Asia Pacific 1, Crop Science Division, and the new Co-Chair of the Grow...

As part of Grow Asia’s ongoing Digital Learning Series we hosted Amit Mehra, founder of Reuters Market Lite (RML), one of the very few commercially successful digital applications specially targeted on supplying the information needs of small scale farmers. During the event, Amit discussed his learnings on what had worked, and what w...

NEW YORK – Last month I spent time in New York to attend the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit and to share progress and updates from Grow Asia. This event drew a diverse mix of leaders from agribusinesses and NGOs, along with academics, social entrepreneurs, and scientists. All of which are committed to ac...

CAN THO, VIETNAM – Today’s agriculture industry faces many external changes, ranging from the positive impact of technological advancements to increased consumer expectations and the detrimental effects of climate change on farm productivity. Keeping up with the pace of change – and predicting future changes – is inevitably a challen...

SINGAPORE – In the two years since Grow Asia was established, our priorities have been focused on laying the foundations and cultivating partnerships to help us meet our goals. Now, with over 300 partners, five Country Partnership Secretariats in operation and 46 projects being designed and implemented across the region, the Grow Asi...

MYANMAR - This month the expanding Grow Asia team has been co-hosting annual General Meetings for four of our five Country Partnerships, in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines. The Myanmar Agricultural Network (MAN) meeting took place last week. While in Myanmar I had the privilege of joining a field trip with our partne...

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