19th Annual Meeting of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Working Group on Agriculture (WGA)   

The 19th Annual Meeting of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Working Group on Agriculture (WGA) will feature the theme "Adaptation of Greater Mekong Subregion Agriculture in the context of Climate Change, and the Water-Food-Energy (WFE) Nexus." There is increasing evidence of substantial trade-offs among water, food, and energy sectors in the GMS and climate change is exacerbating such trade-offs.

The upcoming GMS WGA meeting, to be held ​in-person in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam and via videoconference on 21–23 June 2022, will focus on the WFE Nexus and how to apply this new approach, its benefits and showcase climate smart agriculture solutions as a foundational improvement, for necessary change.  It is anticipated that the approach will lead to effectively managing nexus trade-offs and realizing nexus synergies, while directing development investments on a pathway towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting will be a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual contributions 

Objectives of the meeting are as follows:

  1. To share national priorities of GMS countries to address climate change and manage trade-offs for water-food-energy nexus; 
  2. To examine trade-offs in the Water Food Energy Nexus in the GMS and present solutions to improve the Nexus management; 
  3. To present solutions to adapt to climate change in the GMS through climate smart soil and water management in support of food and water security; 
  4. To discuss implications of supply chain disruptions from Ukraine-Russia conflict, COVID-19, and climate change on food security in the GMS; and
  5. To agree upon priority actions to improve adaptation of GMS agriculture to climate change and manage trade-offs for water-food-energy nexus. 

Target participants include GMS WGA representatives; technical department representatives from ministries of agriculture of GMS countries; representatives from water, energy, planning and finance agencies of GMS countries; representatives from the private sector-agribusiness industry; development partner representatives; regional organizations; ADB staff; and TA 9916 Consultant team. 

To support the implementation of the Strategy for Promoting Safe and Environment-Friendly Agro-Based Value Chains in the GMS, ADB approved a Knowledge and Support Technical Assistance (TA) entitled Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program (SAFSP) to be implemented from April 2020 to March 2025. The outcome of the TA is: ‘GMS investments in and capacity for climate-friendly, safe, and sustainable agri-food value chains increased’. The TA has three outputs: (i) Climate-friendly, inclusive, and gender-responsive agri-food value chains and agribusinesses strengthened; (ii) Harmonized crop and livestock safety and quality systems adopted; and (iii) Climate-adaptive agriculture in the context of the water-energy-food security nexus enhanced.

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Last Updated: 15 June 2022