Agroecology and Safe Food System Transitions in Southeast Asia (ASSET)

The Agroecology and Safe food System Transitions (ASSET) project is a regional project funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the European Union (EU), and the Fond Français pour l’Environnement Mondial (FFEM) over five years from 2020 to 2025 in four targeted countries: Cambodia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The overall objective is to harness the potential of agroecology to transform food and agricultural systems into more sustainable systems, notably safer, more equitable and inclusive, in the Southeast Asia region. Coordinated by GRET in a strong articulation with CIRAD, in charge of the scientific coordination, the project will mobilise the expertise of 27 national, European and International partners, from research institutions, universities, NGOs, UN agencies, Ministries of Agriculture of the four countries.
Camboya, Vietnam
Duración del proyecto
2020 - 2025
Financiado por
  • Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
  • Unión Europea
  • Fond Français pour l’Environnement Mondial (FFEM)

The project

The overall objective is to make food and agricultural systems in Southeast Asia more sustainable, safer, and inclusive through harnessing the potential of agroecology to transform them. This will be achieved through synergising initiatives contributing to ASSET from local to regional levels.

The expected outcomes of the project are:  

  • The Agroecology Learning alliance in Southeast Asia (ALiSEA) network is strengthened and recognised at regional level.
  • ALiSEA Knowledge Hub is a major resource to synergise stakeholders’ engagement and initiatives to achieve ASSET up to the regional level.  
  • A multimedia communication and capacity building strategy reach a broad audience, including consumers and more largely citizens.
  • Innovation processes – including technical, organisational and institutional changes - are strengthened at territorial level, notably through broader engagement and co-design with a variety of stakeholders accounting for youth and gender considerations, thereby supporting the sustainability and biodiversity of agroecosystems, livelihoods, health and nutritional status of vulnerable populations.  
  • A common broad-based methodological framework for assessing performances, impacts and enabling conditions of innovations and pathways to the ASSET from local to global levels, and evidence on the impact pathways to the ASSET on climate, environment, health and social issues allow to inform local authorities, policy makers, farmers, privates sectors, and citizens.
  • Existing policy dialogue on agriculture, food and trade at national and regional levels (notably ASEAN level) is fostered and strengthened to better integrate sectorial issues and support ASSET. 

Impact-oriented stakeholder engagement into agroecology and safe food system transitions:  

  • Strengthening ALiSEA through networking and sharing a common vision of the ASSET
  • Transforming ALiSEA into a knowledge hub
  • Promoting ASSET transitions through capacity development, communication and visibility actions.
  • Scaling up agroecological and safe food innovations from local to regional levels  
  • Knowledge production and support to innovations
  • Methodological framework for assessing performances and impacts of innovations and transitions
  • Evidence-based policy dialogue and advocacy.