Rice plays an important role in Thailand as the main commodity for the Nation’s agricultural exports and a major staple food for the Thai population. According to Thailand’s Second Biennial Update Report (BUR), rice farming generated the largest amount of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for 54.72% of total GHG emitted by the entire agricultural sector. Against this backdrop, the rice sector needs to develop plans for its mitigation and adaptation actions as well as frameworks for database system development for GHG emissions. How to engage Thai farmers and public and private stakeholders in implementing these climate change actions must also be addressed.
The Thai-German Climate Programme – Agriculture (TGCP-Agriculture) supports the Rice Department (RD) in the assessment of mitigation and adaptation potential of the agriculture sector, notably rice farming, and in developing its first Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system for GHG emissions in the rice sector. In cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC) and other public and private partners, the team of national and international experts provide training for farmers in low-carbon sustainable rice production.
Activities are structured around these 5 areas:
National Policy Development
MRV (and M&E)
The component is part of the Thai-German Climate Programme (TGCP), which is financed by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Working across 5 sectors – climate policy, agriculture, energy, waste and water – the programme supports Thailand’s transition towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future.