Transforming Thailand’s Rice Sector Toward Low Emissions

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Bangkok, Thailand (25 April 2024) – As global attention turns towards sustainable agricultural practices, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has organized the policy forum titled “Strengthening Thailand’s Low-Emission Rice Market: Learnings from the Thai Rice NAMA Project” at Asawin Grand Convention Hotel in Bangkok. The policy forum aims to address and deliberate on the critical developments and challenges in the transition towards low-emission rice production in Thailand, and represents a pivotal moment for stakeholders invested in sustainable agriculture and climate mitigation strategies for a transformational change in the Thai rice sector.

This essential gathering brought together over 80 key stakeholders, including policymakers, scientists, and representatives from various sectors such as the Rice Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Kasetsart University and representatives from the private sector.

Dr. Bjoern Ole Sander, IRRI Representative to Thailand, stated, “Agriculture ranks as Thailand’s second highest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, following the energy sector. Notably, rice cultivation accounts for approximately 55% of the agricultural emissions, predominantly methane, making it a crucial target for low-emissions development. Launched in August 2018, the Thai Rice NAMA Project is spearheading the transition to low-emission rice production in Thailand, demonstrating that large-scale application of GHG-reducing technologies is possible. This initiative deploys a tri-fold strategy encompassing low-emission rice production technologies, mitigation technology services, and the development of supportive policies and measures.”

“Building on the successes of the Thai Rice NAMA project, the upcoming project ‘Thai Rice: Strengthening Climate-Smart Rice Farming’ funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is slated to begin in 2024. Advancing the objectives of its predecessor, the ‘Thai Rice GCF’ project aims to drive transformative change within the Thai rice…

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