Paddy Rice Component
The Paddy Rice Component, approved in April 2014 with $777,000 in funding, is currently focusing on promoting adoption of the alternating wetting and drying (AWD) in combination with other resource efficient practices to reduce methane emissions, increase resource efficiency, promote livelihoods, and improve reliability of rice yields in Bangladesh, Colombia, and Vietnam.
A planning meeting to shape Phase I of the Paddy Rice Production Component of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) Agriculture Initiative was held 24-25 October in Bangkok, Thailand.
The two-day meeting convened government officials, rice researchers, policymakers, CCAC partners, and other experts to discuss the strategy for addressing the CCAC's and Agriculture Initiative's objectives for scale and impact, with a focus on activities and strategies for Phase I over the next 18 months. The meeting also helped to harmonize activities in the three target countries and establish close links with other relevant activities. A major outcome of the meeting was the initial drafting of an implementation plan for project coordination, including prioritized actions in three target countries Bangladesh, Colombia, and Vietnam, and to build networks among and generate feedback from key stakeholders, implementers, and experts. Over the next few weeks, the lead implementers will work with each country to finalize their implementation plan for phase I, which will include the development of a national roundtable to implement AWD and an assessment of opportunities for practice change.
Livestock & Manure Management (LMM) Component
On January 22-24, 2014, a meeting of the CCAC Livestock and Manure Management Component of the CCAC Agriculture Initiative was held at the FAO headquarters in Rome. The meeting was hosted by FAO and co-organized by Wageningen UR Livestock Research (WUR); the United States; Canada; the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE); Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI); and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Administrative support and procedural guidance was provided by the CCAC Secretariat. The meeting convened the CCAC Livestock and Manure Management component implementing team and Advisory Board for the first time and also received input from representatives from nine countries - Bangladesh, Mexico, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Thailand, Kenya, Ghana, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica - as well as other livestock and development experts.