The agricultural sector in Southeast Asian countries is at a crossroads between agricultural models based on Green Revolution and innovative agroecological systems. The intensification of conventional agriculture is leading to a simplification of agricultural landscapes, land degradation and biodiversity depletion, and increased health risks for farmers and consumers.
A main challenge for the research and development community is to support transitions from a relatively standard and simple Green-Revolution model of intensification, to a mosaic of diversified production models (agroforestry, crop-livestock integration, crop diversity, conservation agriculture, etc.) with increasingly diverse and strengthened connections to safe food systems, including domestic and export value chains.
The ASSET project aims to develop and promote a shared vision of Agroecology and Safe Food System Transitions in Southeast Asia through a comprehensive approach that includes research, networking, policy advocacy, capacity development, awareness-raising and communication.
The project will build upon:
The project will engage with governments, civil society and the private sector (including small producers) to generate and transform knowledge into sustainable innovation processes and transformative policies, with a focus on youth and gender equality.
Coordinated by GRET in close collaboration with CIRAD, which is in charge of scientific coordination, the project will mobilise the expertise of 27 national, European and International partners from research institutions, universities, NGOs and Ministries of Agriculture in the four countries.
> Strengthening ALiSEA through networking and sharing a common vision: capacity-building of the ALiSEA network in terms of visibility, communication and influence (Board of Members, National Secretariats)
> Transforming ALiSEA multimedia tools into a knowledge hub: Database management, Geographic Information System Mapping, partnering with other regional initiatives
> Promoting ASSET through capacity-development, communication and visibility actions: Webmaster, video & social media, e-learning, training, etc.
> Knowledge production and support for innovations: Flagship sites supporting territorial, transdisciplinary approaches to innovation
> Methodological framework for assessing performances and impacts of innovations and transitions: Theory of Change, impact monitoring, etc.
> Evidence-based policy dialogue and advocacy: Support for policy dialogue and advocacy at multiple levels from local to regional level.
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