As Japan and ASEAN countries have similar climate conditions and agricultural practices, Japan will be able to share its knowledge and experiences in paddy field management to increase food production while reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the agriculture sector of the ASEAN region.

Taking this into consideration, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in collaboration with the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (JMAFF), will convene the Expert Committee (EC), together with ASEAN participating countries such as the Philippines and Viet Nam and well-established research institutes to assess existing practices, identify challenges, and pave the way for innovative solutions that would contribute to sustainable agricultural practices and climate change mitigation.

The inaugural meeting of this EC will be held virtually on 31 January 2024. The EC is scheduled to meet four more times this year to determine if Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) is the most effective technology for application in the region; explore the project combining AWD with a carbon credit mechanism in accordance with Article 6.2 of the Paris Agreement; and develop a methodology for AWD.

This collaborative effort represents a significant step forward in enhancing the environmental sustainability of the agriculture sector. The proceedings and outcomes of the pivotal meetings will be documented and made available on ADB's website.


In order to achieve resilient and climate-smart agriculture and food systems in the ASEAN region, the meeting of the Expert Committee (EC), led by ADB with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, aims to:

  • Identify challenges and barriers that hinder introduction of innovative technologies in agriculture in the region;
  • Explore possible solutions, with a particular focus on a carbon crediting mechanism in accordance with the Article 6.2 of the Paris Agreement; and
  • Disseminate outcomes.

Target participants

By invitation only.

Event organizers / partners

Asian Development Bank; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Japan

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