Farmers and businesses alike are increasingly embracing a wide range of agriculture technologies to boost crop yields and become more resilient in the face of climate change. Globally, this has translated to a smart farming market that is forecast to reach US$23.1 billion by 2022 - more than double 2017 levels.
There are, however, many well-reported barriers preventing delivery and delaying adaptation in Southeast Asia, which lags behind other regions in climate adaptation.
Grow Asia has already embedded and prioritized many climate-linked outputs into our first three Flagships (i.e., Agri-Food Innovation, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Responsible Agricultural Investing) and the work of our Country Partnerships. It is clear, however, that an opportunity exists to create a fourth Flagship which responds more strategically to the growing number of requests from our partners for a single source of reliable climate knowledge.
Grow Asia is currently developing a work plan in collaboration with our partners to deliver the following broad objectives:
Consolidate the knowledge base
— by gathering information, reports, and case studies into an open community of practice
Promote information transfer
— by accelerating adaptive learning via training events, demos, and field visits
— by curating a vault of tailor-made resources and climate consultants
Support the research community
— by piloting solutions arising from academic studies and commercial R&D programs
Extend delivery to the last mile
— by establishing a cost-effective ASEAN-wide database of consultants and climate experts to support implementation by public, private, and NGO sector
Design and mobilize
— by aggregating public/private climate-linked investments for smallholder agriculture and streamlining delivery to reduce fragmentation