Grow Asia

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General Information

Crop: Not crop-specific

Geographic scope: South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Active Countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Initiated in 2015

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Grow Asia is a platform that catalyzes action on inclusive and sustainable agricultural development in the South East Asian Region (ASEAN).

Large international multinationals, members from the ASEAN group—including the ASEAN Secretariat and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry—the World Economic Forum, civil society and NGO members from conservation-based organizations, and international NGOs. Farmers associations are also involved in the platform and will partner with the platform on the country level.



Improve food security, environmental sustainability and economic growth through agricultural development in South East Asia.

Established by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat, Grow Asia brings together companies, governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders to help smallholder farmers improve their production and livelihood through access to information, knowledge, markets, and finance. It focuses on the development of smallholder farmers and the environmental sustainability of agriculture.


Intentions and aspiration

Facilitate multistakeholder partnerships, catalyze investment, solve problems, and monitor impact.

Country-led and locally driven, Grow Asia contributes to food and nutrition security by supporting scalable, market-based solutions across agricultural value chains. By 2020, the partnership aims to reach ten million smallholder farmers and enable them to increase their yield and profits by 20%, using 20% less water, and emitting 20% less greenhouse gases per ton of production


Arrangements and capacitities

The platform is governed by a multistakeholder Steering Committee, which oversees the Grow Asia Secretariat. The platform believes that its diverse multistakeholder representation is invaluable, as it defines the platforms plans and different views while identifying priorities that help Grow Asia reach its targets. Key members of the platform include the Grow Asia Business Council, the Grow Asia Civil Society Council, the farmer associations, the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN member states, donors, and the World Economic Forum Managing Director. In order to achieve transparency and engagement, Grow Asia posts summaries of the decisions made at each meeting of the steering committee.


Activities and outputs

The platform facilitates knowledge sharing via online repositories and learning hubs. This provides easy access to information across disciplines (including case studies, policy papers, and value-chain analysis). The platform also connects Grow Asia partners to researchers in universities, think tanks, development practitioners , and consultants via the Grow Asias Learning Partner Network, in order to gain expert support. The core services provided by the platform include access to investment and training across South-East Asia to almost half a million smallholder farmers. The platform also provides members with products such as Scaling Solutions, in which Grow Asia collaborates with partners to pilot solutions. Moreover, the platform offers a regional finance working group that brainstorms and tests financial solutions that support smallholder farmers. Lastly, the platform aims to develop a mobile-based digital platform.


Monitoring and evaluation



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