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Sustainable Agriculture Intensification, ACISAI Center and SRI-LMB project


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Dr. Abha Mishra
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Sustainable Agriculture Intensification, ACISAI Center and SRI-LMB project

  1. 1. Dr. Abha Mishra Co-­‐Director,  ACISAI   Team  Leader,  SRI-­‐LMB  project   Asian Institute of Technology Klong Luang Pathumthani, Thailand
  2. 2. Research  at  AIT   Sustainable  development  in  the  context  of  Climate  Change   I.  Overview   AIT has been involved in technological and developmental research of relevance to the region from its inception. Sustainable development of the region has been at the core of major projects carried out in various parts of Asia.
  3. 3. Research  at  AIT   Sustainable  development  in  the  context  of  Climate  Change   I.  Overview  (contd)     Research in higher education is not only about increasing competency within some discrete knowledge fields. ! ! It is also about cultural differences as a source of potential for creation, innovation, critical thinking and development.!
  4. 4. Research  at  AIT   Sustainable  development  in  the  context  of  Climate  Change   ThemaHc  knowledge  area  in  Strategy  Development  Plan  of   InsHtute     SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE Based on : Considerable experience in the region Working in the area of sustainable development for more than 2 decades Consolidating this research for Climate Change under broader umbrella of Sustainable Development to create niche for ourselves. A core critical mass of faculty and staff strength in the thematic area which has been endorsed by various donor agencies and stake holders
  5. 5. Research  at  AIT   Sustainable  development  in  the  context  of  Climate  Change   I.  Overview   AIT is striving for a distinct profile in certain strong niche areas.! ! Maintaining a societal perspective on science, researchers at AIT produce knowledge for practical application with high relevance, utility and economic impacts. The Institute and its staff is integrated with the agenda and desires of the stakeholders !
  6. 6. AIT’S SDCC INITIATIVE ¥  In 2012, it established its “2012-2016 AIT Research Strategy under the umbrella of SDCC ( events/2012/news/AITResearchStrategy.pdf)
  7. 7. Sustainable Land and Water Resource Management (SLWRM) Business and Innovation Model for a Green Economy (BIMGE) Disaster Risk Management Urban and Rural Quality of Life and Sustainability Lower Carbon and Sustainable Production and Consumption Technology and Management THEMATIC RESEARCH AREA AIT  Research  Strategies   2012-­‐2016  
  8. 8. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE INTENSIFICATION Help  the  emergence  of  new   business  and  drive  local   economic  growth   Producing  more  output  from  the  same  area  of  land   while   reducing   negaHve   environmental   impacts   and   at  the  same  Hme  increasing  contribuHons  to  capital   and  the  flow  of  environmental  service    
  9. 9. ACISAI CENTER SLWRM BIMGE ACISAI   InsHtuHonalize  the   commitment  to   research,  outreach  and   academic  programme  in   the  subject  area  of   sustainable  agriculture   development  in  the   context  of  climate   change  by  consolidaHng   and  strengthening  the   SLWRM  and  BIMGE        
  10. 10. ACISAI’S VISION Asian  Centre  of  excellence  for  linking  local  to  global   actors   and   insHtuHons   to   meet   the   goals   of   food   security   and   environmental   sustainability   through   generaHng  and  providing  innovaHve  soluHons  under   the   overall   concept   of   sustainable   agriculture   intensificaHon.  
  11. 11. OUR CURRENT OFFERING ¥  Regional  leadership  and  networking  plaRorms     ¥  Co-­‐generaHon  of  innovaHve  technological  soluHons   for  sustainable  intensificaHon  through  acHon   research   ¥   InnovaHon  in  climate  change  adapHve  technologies     ¥   CreaHon  of  internaHonal  public  goods     ¥   Linking  agricultural/horHcultural  producHon  to  the   market   ¥  Mainstreaming  agricultural  research  for   development    
  12. 12. FUTURE OFFERING ¥  New  professional  courses  on,  (a)  Sustainable   agricultural  intensificaCon,  (b)  Carbon  trading,  (c)   market-­‐driven  horCculture,  (d.)  land-­‐scape   designing;   ¥  Short-­‐term  and  long-­‐term  training  on  the  mandate   areas  of  the  centre,  especially  to  the  government   officials  (GO)  and  civil  society  personnel   ¥  Sponsored  projects   ¥  M.Sc.,  PhD  and  Post-­‐doc  and  educaHon  on  the   mandate  areas  of  the  centre    
  13. 13. SRI-LMB PROJECT A GLOBAL PROGRAMME ON AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT Sustaining  and  Enhancing  the  Momentum  for   InnovaCon  and  Learning  around  the  System   of  Rice  IntensificaCon  (SRI)  in  the  Lower   Mekong  River  Basin  
  14. 14. SRI-LMB To  contribute  to  enhance  resilience  of  rainfed  farmers   of  LMB  region  confronHng  climate  change     Overall objective Purpose Increased  crop  yield,  producHvity  and  profitability  on   sustainable   basis   at   smallholders   farmers’   field   in   rainfed  areas  of  LMB  region    
  15. 15. GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION Rainfed   areas  of   Lower   Mekong   River  Basin  
  16. 16. PROJECT PARTNERS AND ASSOCIATES (LOCAL, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL) Associates  Partners   Sub-­‐contractors   ü   Agril.  ministries   ü  NGOs/CSOs   ü  NaHonal  academic   insHtuHons  
  17. 17. THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE National  innovation   platform   National  innovation   platform       National  Innovation   platform   National  innovation   platform     P1   LIP   CFPAR   FPAR   NIP   Regional  innovaCon  plaOorm   Regional  innovaCon   plaOorm   Regional  innovaCon   plaOorm     RI N-­‐S  partnership   S-­‐S  partnership   P2   P3   P1   P3  P2   P1   P2   P1   P2   InternaConal   collaboraCon  
  19. 19. MAJOR ACTIVITIES ¥  SeQng  up  of  project  structure  at  regional,  naConal   and  local  level  (Project  coordinaCon  unit,  (PCU),   project  management  Unit,  (PMU)  and  local  project   management  unit  (LMU)  respecCvely     ¥  Conduct  Farmers  ParCcipatory  AcCon  Research    (3   cycles)     ¥  Understand  the  paVern  of  change  among  different   groups  of  farmers     ¥   Document  the  learning  
  20. 20. MAJOR OUTPUTS 1.  MulC-­‐insCtuConal-­‐mulC-­‐stakeholders  networking   developed  and  strengthened  from  local  to  regional   level  ;   2.  Science  based,  pro  poor  profitable  crop  management   pracCces  developed,  demonstrated  and  disseminated  on   larger  scale  in  4  LMB  countries;   3.   Co-­‐generated  knowledge  and  learning  disseminated   and  pro-­‐poor  policy  briefs  with  emphasis  on  women  and   landless  developed  and  shared  with  policy  makers;  and   4.   NaConal  research-­‐extension  capacity  strengthened  and   training  capacity  of  farmer  trainers,  naHonal  trainers  and   local,  involved  in  smallholder  farmer  extension   programme,  improved    
  21. 21. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!