To improve the capacities and capabilities of rural communities in addressing climate change challenges, the Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) model is being introduced as a means to ensure food security, promote adaptation and build resilience to climatic stresses particularly in the Mekong Deltas. With local partners, Climate-Smart Villages (CSVs) are being established where a set of existing 'no-regret' CSA technologies will be tested and prioritized based on yield and resilience potential and other beneficial features. These initiatives will then be scaled up to other farms and villages in the Mekong Region.
This project comprises three activities at different scales, namely:
Scales and activities of the project
CSVs covered in the project
The CSVs are hosted by the three partner centers of this project: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and WorldFish which automatically render good knowledge on the local settings and national contexts in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The partner centers also bring in their technical knowledge on rice production, water management and aquaculture, respectively, covering the major thematic areas for CSA adoption in the region. While IRRI is the overall coordinator of the project, all partner centers will engage in cross-regional activities related to outscaling and upscaling of CSA through CSV approach.
IRRI is the overall project coordinator, and will bring in technical knowledge on rice production, while work of partner centers namely, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and WorldFish (WF) will focus on water management and aquaculture, respectively. They will concertedly engage in cross-regional activities related to outscaling and upscaling of CSAs through the CSV approach.
Local collaborators include various national and local stakeholders such as Can Tho University and Nong Lam University in Vietnam, District and Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Offices, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute, Mekong Delta Center and Cuso International in Laos, and Department of Agriculture Extension and Aphivat Strey in Cambodia.
This project operates under the auspices of CGIAR's Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in Southeast Asia.