Linking climate change science and policy in Southeast Asia

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Project description

The Policy Information and Response Platform on Climate Change and Rice in the ASEAN and its member countries (PIRCCA) project stemmed from the recognition of the important role of rice for food security in the ASEAN region and the specific vulnerabilities of rice production to climate change.

ASEAN member states have committed, as one community, to improve their capacity to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change in their respective countries. These initiatives, however, are hampered by limited access to relevant data, information and scenarios that could help each of them decide on research and development approaches or methods that address climate change challenges at various scales.

The PIRCCA project was designed to bridge this gap between science and policy, and to establish informal and operational linkages with other stakeholders. It had the overarching goal of enabling policymakers in ASEAN member states, namely in the two target countries of Vietnam and Myanmar, to make informed decisions on:

  • Food security policies that focus on the supply and availability of rice through improved capacity to forecast rice shortages and, thus, enable more effective responses to climate-induced food shocks.
  • Climate change adaptation policies that provide institutions, decision-makers and scientists to access data that will facilitate the identification and mapping of vulnerable or affected geographic areas and population groups, as well as suitable climate-smart technologies.
  • Gender action plans that evaluate the potential of policies, practices and technologies in overcoming gender disparities and social differentiation.

By 2019, the PIRCCA recommendations are expected to contribute to the implementation of at least two rice policies proposed to both Vietnam and Myanmar. Both project countries will apply enhanced or equitable food security policies.



PIRCCA worked closely with various local organizations, namely, the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD), Yezin Agricultural University (YAU), Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES), Can Tho University (CTU), and Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA).


The PIRCCA project allowed gender issues to be properly addressed during the design of climate change policies. The project promoted policy recommendations that address gender disparities and social differentiation to ensure gender equality, improved welfare and adaptive capacity to climate change.

Further information

For further information, please contact Project Leader, Valerien Pede (IRRI) at