In Asia and Oceania, we continuously work with partners to make critical contributions towards the SDGs and unlocking robust, science-based results.
CLIMATE ACTION SUPPORT
We led extensive work supporting public and private investors in designing and implementing investments and policies in climate-smart agriculture and sustainable land use. We provided assistance to set up climate services systems, offering tailored agro-climatic advisory to farmers. Through our support, countries find ways to invest in climate-smart agriculture and better achieve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs).
We built substantial work characterizing local and national food systems in Southeast and South Asia. We developed actionable policy recommendations at the intersections of food production, markets, diets, and consumption in various communities.
BIODIVERSITY FOR FOOD AND NUTRITION
We addressed the issue of diminishing agrobiodiversity in food systems and diets by generating substantial food composition data, identifying policy innovations and new emerging markets. We also revamped traditional foodways, promoting increased consumption of underutilized crops in South Asia.
AGRICULTURAL BIODIVERSITY FOR RESILIENCE AND RESTORATION
We contributed to safeguarding and targeted the use of unique agrobiodiversity: temperate fruit/nut tree crops in Central Asia; traditional crops resilient to environmental change in Nepal. We improved smallholder seed systems, diversifying access to adapted crop varieties in India. In China, we used biodiversity to increase the productivity and resilience of agro-pastoral ecosystems.
SUSTAINABLE CROP AND LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS
Working with partners through multi-country platforms, we supported smallholder farmers in designing and managing sustainable yet profitable farming systems, minimizing negative environmental impacts, and identifying new markets – also as a form of risk mitigation. Our focus is on cassava, banana, and forage-based systems.
We spearheaded knowledge-sharing opportunities and tools for climate action, digital agriculture, and soil microbial biotechnology. Through hubs and initiatives, we target specific issues and help influence capacity, policy, and economic solutions