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ProjectRegional and national synthesis, engagement and support in Southeast AsiaInnovative approaches in organising and sustaining Climate-Smart Villages in Southeast Asia

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The CSVs in Southeast Asia are the convergence points of different interventions that are implemented by projects funded by CCAFS, other CGIAR projects, and other development projects that operate in the villages.

In order to maximize the benefits of interventions to the community and the learnings coming from the implementation of the different activities, a community must have strong organizations and local capacity to engage community leaders and organizers and project implementers.

A series of activities under the project build the local capacity of community leaders, community organizers, and project implementers on participatory approaches and other skills that will make the implementation of the CSV activities, participatory, well-integrated, and effective.

 The project has also been conducting activities to strengthen the capacity of the target communities in developing and implementing local climate change adaptation plans.


This project has been establishing a standard or a protocol for organizing and maintaining sustainable CSVs. This enables the productive replication/implementation of this project by international and national agencies in three target countries of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

National teams with rich experiences are developing, implementing, and managing projects at CSV and climate-smart landscape level.  CSA technologies and practices introduced by multiple projects are being implemented using an integrated approach. The national team is also effectively supporting and developing future R&D projects in the region during and after the CCAFS program.

The community-based approach that uses CCAFS techniques and tools are, not only used at the pilot CSVs, but will likely diffuse to the surrounding villages and communities.


  • Optimization tool to be used by local partners to support farmers’ decision making on multiple criteria agriculture production (food security, income improvement, climate change adaptation, and mitigation)
  • Training workshops and field activities for local stakeholders (community leaders, community organizer and project implementers) from targeted countries to increase knowledge/skills on: community-based needs assessment and situation analysis to design feasible climate-smart action plans; contribution of women and marginalized groups to food security, climate change adaptation, and mitigation activities; and communication skills and project implementation at the community level using participatory approaches.


The regional program leader for SEA oversees the effective implementation of this project together with involved CG Centres, institutions and local partners.

The CG Centres that lead in implementing and integrating all activities in the CSVs are: International Center for Tropical Agriculture for Ma, World Agroforestry Centre for My Loi, and International Rice Research Institute for Tra Hat (Vietnam); International Water Management Institute for Ekxang and IRRI in Pailom (Lao PDR); and WorldFish for Rohar Sourng (Cambodia).

International and national partner of CCAFS (e.g.  International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, PhilRice, PFRB, and Cantho University ) organize capacity building activities to train local partners and provide support in CSVs’ activities.

Further information

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