ALiSEA is a regional platform that emerged during the ACTAE project Towards an agroecological transition in South East Asia (2015-2019 founded by AFD and coordinated by CIRAD).

Currently, the ALiSEA Network benefits from and is part of a wider program, Agroecology and Safe Food System Transitions (ASSET) project (2020-2025), funded by the French Agency for Development (AFD), the European Union (EU), and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), coordinated by GRET in close collaboration with CIRAD.


AFD – French Agency for Development

Agence Française de Développement is the operator for France’s bilateral development finance mechanism. It is a public industrial and commercial institution with the status of specialized financial institution. Its action is in line with the policy set out in France’s Framework Document for Development Cooperation. This document was approved at the end of 2010 and in 2011 was translated into a three-year contract specifying objectives and resources between the French Government and AFD. AFD has been entrusted with a mandate by the French national authorities to contribute to economic and social development in its geographical areas of operation. It achieves this by financing and supporting development projects and programs, participating in the debate, research and dialogue with the relevant stakeholders. The aim of these actions is to contribute to more sustainable and shared economic growth, improve living conditions in the poorest regions and countries, contribute to preserving the planet and help stabilize fragile or post-conflict countries.

EU – European Union

The European Union is an active player in the development field. The EU promote good governance, human and economic development, and tackle global issues, such as fighting poverty, hunger and preserving natural resources. The EU coordinate their work with EU member countries, build international partnerships, involve all relevant stakeholders in their development efforts, and partner with developing countries to achieve their ambitions.

FFEM – The French Facility for Global Environment

FFEM was created by the French Government in 1994 following the first Earth Summit, to implement sustainable development projects that integrate the preservation of global public goods, international solidarity and innovation in developing and emerging countries.
FFEM promotes innovative solutions in the fields of biodiversity, climate, international waters, land degradation, including deforestation, chemical pollutants and the stratospheric ozone layer.
All FFEM-funded projects are reported as Official Development Assistance. For over 25 years, more than 350 projects have already been financed, in over 120 countries, including 69% located in Africa and the Mediterranean.


GRET – Professionals for Fair Development

GRET is an international development NGO that has been actively fighting poverty and inequalities for 40 years on all levels and in a broad range of issues.
Its professionals provide lasting, innovative solutions for fair development in the field and work to positively influence policy.
Acting for development requires a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach. For this reason, GRET acts

  • on a range of 7 complementary themes that, together, contribute to the development of developing countries (Agriculture: Value Chains and Agricultural Policies; Citizenship: Media and Democracy; Drinking Water and Sanitation; Natural Resource Management and Energy; Microfinance and Professional Insertion; Health: Nutrition and Social Protection; Cities for All and Decentralisation);
  • with a wide range of different professions, from the field to research to policy;
  • from the local to the global level, in villages and in international bodies.

CIRAD – French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development

CIRAD is the French agricultural research and cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions.

CIRAD works with its partners to build knowledge and solutions and invent resilient farming systems for a more sustainable, inclusive world. It mobilizes science, innovation and training in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Its expertise supports the entire range of stakeholders, from producers to public policymakers, to foster biodiversity protection, agroecological transitions, food system sustainability, health (of plants, animals and ecosystems), sustainable development of rural territories, and their resilience to climate change.

CIRAD was founded in 1984 as a public establishment (EPIC), following a merger of French tropical agricultural research organizations, and is under the joint authority of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. As such, it supports French science diplomacy operations.

CIRAD works in some fifty countries on every continent, thanks to the expertise of its 1650 staff members, including 1140 scientists, backed by a global network of some 200 partners.

ASSET Project – Agroecology and Safe Food System Transition Project

The overall objective of the ASSET Project is to transform food and agricultural systems in Southeast Asia more sustainable, safer and inclusive, through harnessing the potential of Agroecology.

  • ASSET will develop and promote a shared vision of Agroecology and Safe Food System Transitions through a comprehensive approach that includes research, networking, policy advocacy, capacity development, awareness raising and communication.
  • ASSET will help support opening a dialogue on linking agricultural and markets transformations in policy frameworks at local, national and regional level by fostering technical, organizational and institutional innovations at territorial level in flagship programs, generating robust evidence on their performances and impacts, bringing successful approaches to scale and by building upon regional reliable initiatives and institutions

It is implemented by GRET as the general coordinator, in a strong articulation with CIRAD in charge of the scientific coordination, in partnership with a Consortium of 23 International/European/National Institutions and Organizations and 2 United Nations Agencies. The consortium will engage with governments, civil society, private sector and smallholder farmers to generate and transform knowledge into sustainable innovation processes and transformative policies, sensitive to youth and gender equality.