(In-house) Regional Knowledge Sharing WORKSHOP


21 - 23 March 2017
Nesta Hotel, Can Tho, Viet Nam

(In-house) Regional Knowledge Sharing WORKSHOP

Better Rice Initiative Asia (BRIA) project has entered its final year of implementation, after 3 years of full implementation in the region. As a multi-country projects, BRIA has successfully implemented various innovative interventions to improve the sustainable inclusive rice value chain with the PPP principles in the four BRIA countries (Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam).

Towards the end of the project implementation, BRIA Regional Secretariat would like to highlight the importance of PPP model in building strong relationship among stakeholders and to adopt the project interventions. The true success of the project can be seen, if the success stories and lessons learnt from the project is widely adopted and be sustained by the beneficiaries from various stakeholders. Although the project will end by end of 2017, the support from the national authorities, private sectors, public sectors, together with farmers will remain. Multi-stakeholders collaboration along the value chain towards sustainability is the way to reach wider adoption of the interventions and to transform the value chain in the sustainably.

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have been a centrepiece of the core fabric that binds all of BRIA’s capacity development efforts in the four countries. In the final year of BRIA implementation, the Regional Secretariat would like to get more input and facilitate an exchange among BRIA teams in the “Public Private Partnership” topic. The workshop is organised in Viet Nam, with 22 participants from all BRIA countries. The workshop is organised for GIZ team and also the partners who are actively involved in the project implementation, both from public and private partners. On-field discussion with various stakeholders from BRIA VN approach, and in-door sessions are organised to enrich the participants with extended information and lessons learnt in this related topic.

A sustainable value chain framework that is promoted by GIZ -ValueLinks framework- describes the three levels of stakeholders: Micro, Meso and Macro, which are interlinked to each other in sustainable value chain upgrading. Besides the collaboration among the value chain actors along the value chain (micro), support from the other stakeholders in the meso and macro levels are important to provide relevant public research, multi stakeholder forum (meso), infrastructure development, and political framework (macro), etc.

Given the evolution of PPP concepts, model, and terminology, the definition of PPP plays important implications for the suggestion for BRIA stakeholders to adopt the interventions. In fact, the perception from various sector towards the other sectors could trigger miss-perception of the application of PPP model. This in-house workshop will allow the BRIA experts to get the common understanding of PPP principles and its contribution in the sustainable and inclusive rice value chain. Moreover, this workshop will also allow the BRIA experts to exchange more on their experiences as an evaluation phase to build a good recommendation for other stakeholders in improving the sustainability of rive value chain in the region.

Specifically, the sequence of sessions is designed to reach the following objectives:

  • To exchange and get the common understanding of PPP model
  • To identify the success factors of PPP in rice sector from project experiences
  • To develop recommendation to strengthen PPP model in sustainable rice value chain

(In-house) Regional Knowledge Sharing WORKSHOP

PPPs can be translated into various forms, based on the needs and decision of the stakeholders. It’s not limited only to bilateral collaboration of government agency and private companies, but it also include i.e. the multi-partners forum that brings agencies, research institutes, and other supportive stakeholders to the same understanding. BRIA as a project will implement only until 2017, however, the interventions technologies, and methods that have been introduced are expected to be carried forward by BRIA partners and to institutionalize the concept and approach. BRIA expects that continuous collaboration among farmers can be further nourished, for the improvement of the rice value chain, and to improve small-holder farmer’s livelihood.

The workshop tried to explore the common understanding of the PPP model in general in agriculture sector, and beyond. Identification of common goals by various actors to collaborate together in the PPP model is fundamental. The participants also asked to assess what are success factors, and lessons learnt, which lead to brain-storming of ideas for PPP model upscaling. After the idea collection, the participants are asked to contextualise their experiences in BRIA case in specific. Using the value chain framework model, country teams should identify the actors, and the support from various stakeholder-group in the value chain upgrading activities. With the default set-up of BRIA project, there are a PPP collaboration on the global management level, however on the supply chain activities, the collaboration is still limited. Seeing the main stakeholder along the supply chain, transparency and trust building between farmers - input supplier – millers – extension officers, and other direct stakeholders should also be strengthen. In BRIA project, the project act as PPP facilitator, to bring various local members from private, public, and the farmers together to strengthen the value chain, and foster sustainability. Towards the end of the project, BRIA should prepare the strategy to ensure the current method and approach is adopted widely.

Each country team were asked to identify their particular cases in the country level, which further discussed with the partners for future follow-up. The strategy has to be assessed locally, as each country or project sites has different condition: resources, challenges, and needs. However, it’s essential to have common objective with all partners, incl. farmers, and to generate the added value for all stakeholders in reaching a win-win solution. Without an inclusive approach, the collaboration and the adoption of technology / other intervention may not be sustainable.

For further questions, please feel free to contact us:

BRIA Regional Secretariat
39/1 Soi Sukhumvit 13 Sukhumvit Road
Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
T: +6622554202, F: +6622554203

Astari Widya Dharma: astari.dharma@giz.de