ProjectRegional and national synthesis, engagement and support in Southeast AsiaEstablishing partnerships with Southeast Asian governments to mainstream climate-smart agriculture

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Establishing partnerships is an effective way to implement projects because it reinforces strengths and makes up for weaknesses of the partner organizations. It also allows resources of the partner organizations to be optimally used and prevents duplication of efforts between or among the partners.

Under the CCAFS, this project aims to work with national government partners through the following:

  1. integrate CCAFS-generated information and knowledge in national policies and strategies; and
  2. co-develop research for development programs or activities that respond to their national priorities and within the CCAFS priority themes.

The integration of CCAFS-generated information and knowledge has been done through active engagement with the priority countries in Southeast Asia through participation in their national strategy development activities (e.g. CSA strategy of Myanmar) and by supporting local initiatives in strategy development (e.g. climate-related risk maps and corresponding adaptive plans in the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam). The co-development of a research for development agenda that respond to national priorities that are aligned with CCAFS flagships has been done through leveraging CCAFS activities with local resources (e.g. development of GCF proposal in collaboration with MARD, Vietnam. This puts into context CCAFS research for development activities in the focus countries and the implementation of joint activities that respond to national priorities.  


An activity in this project integrates CCAFS work in national programs through the implementation of joint CSA activities with key national partners in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, and Myanmar. CCAFS FP projects and regional resources leveraged to generate investment in CSA scaling out in these countries. The joint activities also enable the integration of CCAFS focus themes in the national programs.

This will strengthen the capacity of key agencies to implement and identify national policy gaps in climate resilience and food security in general, and as it relates to CSV concept. This activity is designed to provide evidence that CCAFS-SEA generated science and brand of “thinking” fit well into national priorities and integrate smoothly into development plans, especially in the light of the new ASEAN integration. This would hopefully create greater probability of “buy-in” by regional institutions such as ADB and ASEAN.


  • CCAFS-generated knowledge and initiatives are integrated in national and sub-national R4D programs.
  • Success stories are disseminated to a wide range of audiences through technical reports, workshops, and media channels.
  • National plans and policies for climate change adaptation and mitigation are improved in collaboration with CCAFS.
  • Science-policy dialogues are organized for stakeholders to analyse and contribute to the development and prioritization of climate change policies and investment plans.

Further information

For further information, please contact Project Leader, Leocadio Sebastian (IRRI) at