Focus Countries


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.

VIETNAM (Southeast Asia)

Activities in Vietnam have focused on supporting the creation of enabling environments for implementation of AWD+ on large scales. In different stakeholder workshops under facilitation of the country coordinator Dr. Vu Duong Quynh from the Institute of Agricultural Environment (IAE), country-specific opportunities for boosting adoption of AWD+ have been identified. Using the NetMap approach, the CCAC Paddy Rice team has identified highly influential actors to engage with in order to increase AWD+ uptake.

The Vietnamese Paddy Rice Component team, which includes the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD), the Directorate for Water Resources (DWR), and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), has proposed a set of key activities for 2016-2018 including developing best strategies for AWD+ internalization in contract farming and cooperative-based water management as well as providing targeted information through ICT tools.

COLOMBIA (South America)

South America is the world’s fifth-largest emitter of methane from rice: 595 Gg CH4/year or 14,875 Gg CO2e/year. Rice cultivation became widespread in Latin America in the 1900s. Rice is now the most important food grain in most tropical areas of Latin America, supplying more calories in people’s diets than wheat, maize, cassava, or potato. Of the roughly one million farmers who produce rice in the region, 80% are smallholders (Zorilla et al. 2012, citing Maclean et al. 2002). Less than a quarter of the region’s rice fields are irrigated, with areas ranging from 79% of fields in Brazil to only 1% in Mexico. Inefficient water usage is more problematic than water scarcity.