The PIRCCA project stems from the recognition of the important role of rice for food security in the ASEAN and the specific vulnerabilities of rice production to climate change.
In the run-up to the formation of the new ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, member countries—both huge rice exporters and importers—are still uncertain about the implications this would have to their national rice sectors, particularly on how an open market will affect smallholder rice farmers.
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 R&D approaches or methods that help address climate change challenges at various scales.
The PIRCCA Project is designed to bridge this gap between science and policy, and to establish informal and operational linkages with other stakeholders. It has the overarching goal of enabling policymakers in ASEAN member states, namely in the two target countries Vietnam and Myanmar, using a multidisciplinary approach, 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, more effective response to climate-induced food shocks.
- Climate change-adaptation policies that provide institutions, decision-makers and scientists access to data that will facilitate 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.
To achieve the set project objectives, the following activities will be undertaken.
- Key stakeholders will be identified including engagement mechanisms, national priorities, and knowledge gaps in climate change and food security will be determined. Geographic domains for upscaling and outscaling of good practices that can inform decisions on adaptation will also be determined.
- Generating knowledge for policy. Information profiling, data management and capacity building activities
- Strategic alliances for paradigm adjustment in policy.
- Data, models, and scenarios that illustrate and aid understanding of climate change impacts on agriculture
- Decision-support tools for policy development and making investment choices for climate-resilient agriculture at the national and global levels
- Analysis of current and emerging policies, along with pilot policy intervention case studies conducted with national partners, with special focus on social differentiation and gender issues
- Analysis and experimentation concerning novel decision-making processes