Project Title: Thailand Regional Agriculture Innovation Network (RAIN)
The USDA-funded Thailand RAIN project identifies, validates, scales and shares climate-smart agriculture technologies and practices that have been validated through a rigorous, evidence-based, participatory process known as “5-S:” 1) Source; 2) Support; 3) Scale; 4) Sell; and 5) Share. RAIN validates climate-smart tech, builds the capacity of private and public sector actors to disseminate tech to farmers, and supports farmers in adoption of tech. RAIN works with sub-partner Michigan State University to implement this project in eight provinces in Thailand across three important agriculture value chains: rice, cassava and fruit. The goal is to increase productivity, profitability, and trade opportunities in the Thai agriculture sector while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions and natural resource depletion.
June 21st, 2023
Gran Centara Hotel, Bangkok
Gwendolyn Cardno, Chargé d’ Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Thailand, opened a new U.S. Department of Agriculture project implemented by Winrock International at an event in Bangkok. The Regional Agriculture Innovation Network (RAIN) project facilitates adoption of climate-smart innovations to increase agricultural productivity, reduce environmental impact and expand trade in Thailand and Southeast Asia through creation of a Climate Hub. At the event, RAIN celebrated the signing of MOUs between Winrock and five distinguished Thai and international partners: 1) Digital Economy Promotion Agency; 2) Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency; 3) Harmless Harvest Co., Ltd.; 4) Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture; and 5) CPS Weather Co., Ltd.