Promoting Responsible Agricultural Investment in ASEAN
Agriculture accounts for 12% of regional GDP and employs 100 million people, or one-sixth of the total population in Southeast Asia. The region is primed for increased investment in food, agriculture and forestry – not only to boost economic growth, but also to achieve social, economic and environmental targets.
The ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture and Forestry (ASEAN RAI) is a regionally-contextualized framework to ensure private investments achieve those critical development targets while minimizing negative impact.
The ASEAN RAI was adopted by the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) in 2018. Grow Asia, together with the ASEAN Secretariat, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), are working together to deliver the 10 Year Implementation Plan by 2030.
Across four pillars of work, Grow Asia builds partnerships with policymakers, agribusinesses, financial institutions, farmer organizations, multinationals and NGOs to drive regional adoption and application of the ASEAN RAI.
1. National Legal and Policy Services
Since the 2018 adoption of the ASEAN RAI, AMS will embed its Principles into national regulations. IISD offers technical assistance to AMS to align legal frameworks to the ASEAN RAI on a first-come, first-serve basis.
2. Learning and Accreditation Program (LAP)
The LAP will equip 400+ people by 2030 with essential skills in responsible investing. Launching in 2022, the LAP uses an interactive, regionally-contextualized approach to train private, public and civil society actors.
3. Regional and National Capacity Building
Grow Asia and FAO host regional and national forums, workshops and learning events across ASEAN to improve the capacity and knowledge of all stakeholders in implementing the ASEAN RAI.
4. Investor Engagement and Impact Management
Grow Asia and IISD actively engage SMEs, large ASEAN firms, global companies, and financial/impact investors to apply the ASEAN RAI to future investments through case studies, investment data and scoring tools.
For more information on the ASEAN RAI, including FAQs, resources, and getting involved, visit