The TA is aligned with the following impact: GMS as a leading supplier of safe and climate-friendly agri-food products realized. The TA will have the following outcome: investments and capacities for climate-friendly, safe and sustainable agri-food value chains increased.
Output 1: Climate-friendly, inclusive and gender-conscious agri-food value chains and agribusinesses strengthened. This output will build capacities to implement climate-smart agriculture, pilot innovative technologies and mobilize financing for agribusinesses. Sub-output 1 on promoting green, inclusive and gender-conscious agri-food value chains will (i) identify policies and measures for promoting clean energy and reducing water consumption, food losses and waste in selected agri-food value chains while effectively integrating gender concerns; (ii) strengthen capacities of smallholders and agribusinesses along the value chain, including women farmers and entrepreneurs, on low carbon green supply chain management, agribusiness skills, value addition, and climate-smart agriculture technologies and practices through private-public partnerships; and (iii) conduct pilots on green supply chain management (e.g., nitrogen use efficiency and green water management) in selected agri-food value chains.
Sub-output 2 on financing climate-smart agribusinesses will (i) propose measures for improving financial preparedness of small and medium agribusinesses, with specific focus on job creation for women; (ii) build capacities on green financing options for agribusinesses; and (iii) support a competitive grant scheme to small and medium agribusinesses to scale up low-carbon good manufacturing practices. Agricultural digital finance service aimed at women farmers and entrepreneurs will also be piloted.
Output 2: Harmonized crop and livestock safety and quality systems adopted. Key activities on food safety and quality standards, certification and traceability include support for (i) harmonizing GMS policies and standards related to food safety and quality assurance, certification (e.g., organic, good agricultural practices, good manufacturing practices, geographic indications), accreditation, surveillance, and laboratories; (ii) establishing a platform to facilitate information exchange, coordination and food risk communication strategies; and (iii) conducting pilots on using digital technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, blockchain technologies) for food traceability and quality assurance to promote domestic and regional trade and ensure compliance with international food safety systems. Another sub-output on cross-border animal health and value chains improvement will support (i) safety policies and legislation on livestock, livestock products, and feed control; (ii) capacity strengthening for animal health workers to improve service delivery, control transboundary animal diseases and anti-microbial resistance; and (iii) piloting of advanced digital technologies for livestock identification and traceability to ensure compliance with international safety systems.
Output 3: Agricultural adaptation in the context of water-food-energy-climate nexus enhanced. Key activities include (i) preparing sub-regional assessments to prioritize activities critical to producing more food per drop of water; (ii) training government staff on climate-resilient water management options and water accounting in various climate change scenarios; and (iii) conducting pilots on climate-adaptive water management. Sub-output on water-food-energy-climate nexus will (i) establish a GMS platform to conduct policy dialogues on options to reduce water, energy, carbon and environmental footprints of agricultural practices and identify no-regrets' strategies that can make GMS agri-food systems resilient to climate change; (ii) integrate nexus thinking in climate change action plans of agriculture and related ministries, and in project design; and (iii) conducting pilots on agricultural adaptation that proactively consider water-food-energy nexus (e.g., solar irrigation, agricultural waste to energy for food processing).