Improving smallholder productivity, profitability, and environmental sustainability entails a multi-level approach to partnerships:
at the field level, at the national level, and at the regional level.


Our Country Partnerships, and their
locally-based Secretariat, 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 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 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. Sectoral approaches increasingly feature in the Grow Asia network’s activities, as an important pathway to achieve scale.

At the regional level, the Grow Asia Secretariat in Singapore provides strategic support to the Country Partnerships and coordinates activities around workstreams with the potential to increase the scale of our networks’ impact. These workstreams are: sharing learnings across our Country Partnerships (especially those that support our Working Groups in becoming more effective), leveraging digital technologies, and engaging in regional policy dialogue with the ASEAN Secretariat.

All our work is guided by four operating principles:

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

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

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

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