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State-of-the-Art Partnership Winner

Grow Asia

Improving Smallholder Livelihoods Through Inclusive Business Practices, Enabling Policies, and Facilitating Sectoral Coordination
Partnership Name:
Grow Asia
SDG Target:
SDG 2: Food and Agriculture

Collectively, the network is reaching 1.8 million farmers through 50 value-chain projects and initiatives. 950,000 of these smallholders are directly involved in projects, 250,000 have adopted improved practices, 175,000 farmers have achieved certification, and 16,000 have accessed credit. Independent case studies estimate an aggregate increase in net farm incomes of US$81 million/year, or US$270/farmer/year.  Partners’ cumulative investments reached US$69 million, representing a seven-fold leverage of Grow Asia’s donor investment.


Improving smallholder productivity, profitability, and environmental sustainability entails a multi-level approach to partnerships. At the national level, Grow Asia’s six Country Partnerships across Southeast Asia support the development of multi-stakeholder and action-based partnerships, facilitate policy dialogue, and run learning and networking events. At the field level, the 46 crop or issue-based Working Groups under these Country Partnerships serve as a mechanism for stakeholders with aligned interests to co-design, co-implement, and co-fund direct interventions along the value chain that benefit smallholders. These Working Groups are also involved in sectoral coordination on policy, national roadmaps, financing, market issues, and other shared challenges for their industry.

At the regional level, the Grow Asia Secretariat in Singapore provides strategic support to the Country Partnerships, coordinates regional programs with the potential to lift smallholder agriculture at scale (such as harnessing the potential of agri-tech, responsible agricultural investment and gender mainstreaming) and facilitates the development and operationalization of regional action plans to time-sensitive threats.


A key aim of Grow Asia is to make the Country Partnerships and Working Groups more effective as multi-stakeholder platforms. By creating an ecosystem that encourages pre-competitive collaboration, an inclusive approach to agricultural development and the adoption of transformative agricultural technologies, Grow Asia ultimately aims to empower smallholder farmers and the organizations that work with them to improve the productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability of Southeast Asia’s agriculture sector.

Countries of Impact:
Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Papua New Guinea

520+ from governments and public sector agencies, international organizations, multi-national domestic private sector, technology solutions providers, financial institutions, civil society, NGOs and farmer organizations. Grow Asia’s Steering Committee comprises representatives from the World Economic Forum, ASEAN Secretariat, Business Council Co-Chairs Bayer Crop Science and Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group, Civil Society representatives Mercy Corps and the Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), and current donors Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Other donors and supporters include Global Affairs Canada, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Fund for Agricultural Development, World Bank, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).