THAILAND (Southeast Asia)
Thailand is the 4th largest emitter globally of rice-related GHGs – mainly methane. The Thai Rice NAMA project has been implemented since August 2018 to enable a shift towards low-emission rice production in Thailand. It targets 100,000 farm households and 420 agricultural mitigation service businesses in six selected provinces of the Central Plains. The project is implemented by Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
Under the Thai Rice Nama project, IRRI contributes to the calculation and verification of the prospected emission reduction in the field and advice on field implementation of the mitigation technologies in rice cultivation.
BANGLADESH (South Asia)
Activities in Bangladesh had a strong focus on bringing together various stakeholders in order to create awareness of the project and support by national partners. Under the facilitation of the country coordinator Prof. Saidur Rahman from the Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU), stakeholders also identified country-specific opportunities for large-scale implementation of AWD+ and ways for the Paddy Rice Component to make use of these opportunities.
The CCAC Paddy Rice Component built strong partnerships with the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), the Department for Agricultural Extension (DAE) and the Rural Development Academy (RDA). Under the lead of IRRI, the team proposed promising work areas for 2016-2018 including engaging with the World Bank program “NATP-2” and developing options for incentivizing water pricing schemes.