The agricultural sector of Southeast Asian countries is at a crossroads between agricultural models based on Green Revolution and innovative agroecological systems. The particular 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 the 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 system, 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 South East Asia through a comprehensive approach that includes research, networking, policy advocacy, capacity development, awareness raising and communication.
The project will build upon:
It 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, sensitive to youth and gender equality.
Coordinated by GRET in a strong articulation with CIRAD, in charge of the scientific coordination, the project will mobilize the expertise of 27 national, European and International partners, from research institutions, universities, NGOs, Ministries of Agriculture of four countries.
> Strengthening ALiSEA through networking and sharing a common vision: ALiSEA network capacity building 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, trainings, etc.
> Knowledge production and support to 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 to policy dialogue and advocacy at multiple scales from local to regional level.
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