The Network of Conservation Agriculture in Southeast Asia

The Network of Conservation Agriculture in Southeast Asia

CANSEA (Conservation Agriculture Network in Southeast Asia) is a network of research for the development which associates 7 institutional partners from 6 Southeast Asian countries.

Founding Institutions Thematic areas led by Institution according to their comparative advantage & the regional interest of the selected theme for the other countries. Representatives of Institutions at Steering Committee R&D



1 Cambodia


Methodological approach to link Research & Extension Mr. PRAK Cheat Tho Dr. SOM Lon
2 China


Tea & Upland rice-based cropping system for mountainous areas Dr. Luyuan Dai Dr. Dayun Tao
3 Indonesia


Improving farmers’ livelihood through integrated watershed management & Conservation Agriculture Dr. Muhamad Sabran Dr Sri Rochayati

Dr Rohlini

4 Laos


Soil fertility improvement for degraded areas- Regional database on CA Mr. Soulivanthong Kingkeo Mr. Kamkeo Panyasiri
5 Thailand


Curriculum development (Masters) on CA integrating (amongst others) C sequestration & soil Biology Dr. Sornprach Thanisawanyangkura Dr. Narongchai


6 Vietnam


Soil conservation & DMC systems Dr. Le Quoc Doanh


Dr. Tran Duc Toan

(Only one vote)

Dr Pham Thi Sen (Mrs)
7 Vietnam


8 CIRAD Economy of environment services related to Conservation Agriculture Dr. JC Maillard Dr. Damien Jourdain
CANSEA Regional Coordination: CIRAD – Regional Coordinator: Jean-Claude Legoupil (CIRAD) Technical Assistant in PROSA
CANSEA Presidency: NAFRI – Chairperson of the Steering Committee: Soulivanthong Kingkeo

The 8 founding members of the network are:

–     In Cambodia: the Ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (MAFF);

–     In China: the Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (YAAS);

–     In Indonesia: the Indonesian Agency for Agriculture Research and Development (IAARD);

–     In Laos: the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI);

–     In Thailand: the University of Kasetsart;

–     In Vietnam: the Northern Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute (NOMAFSI) and the Soils and Fertilizers Research Institute (SFRI);

–     Le Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), which cooperates with all the partners of South- East Asia.

The network is managed by a Steering Committee chaired in 2010 and 2011 by NAFRI (Laos) which named Mr. Soulivanthong Kingkeo as Chairperson. Regional coordination was entrusted to CIRAD which named Mr. Jean-Claude Legoupil (Principal Technical Assistant in PROSA: project for structural support in agroecology), as Regional Coordinator. This partnership synergy must lead to the preparation of several regional projects in Conservation Agriculture. These projects based on an agroecological approach aim at both rural development and environment conservation. It is about a generic concept integrating agricultural practices for sustainable agricultural production and effective protection of the environment.

The Network Objectives

Generally, the objective of the CANSEA network is to optimize the similarities and the complementarities between countries and institutions in the Mekong region, to improve on one hand the efficiency of research carried out by the various projects and on other hand to go over the “pilot” diffusion of CA systems in small-scale households in Southeast Asia. To optimize resources and means, the implementation of sub-regional synergies in research and development is proposed through:

– Pooling of results and available expertise by enhancing the “ORCATAD” database created by the PRONAE-NAFRI project with funding from the European commission. This database is currently managed by PROSA and the National Centre in Conservation Agriculture (NCCA) of NAFRI. The objective of CANSEA is to give a true regional dimension to this database.

– Training support to optimize the effectiveness of the projects and actions in agroecology in the sub-region (time saved on the “training” and “communication” components of the projects allowing for more time for finalized research).

– Common capacity to address scientific and operational sub-regional problems (restoration of the fertility of acidic soils and development of productive farming systems while protecting the environment in mountainous areas…).

–  Common scientific coordination aimed at harmonising methods and indicators, by proposing a common research design and comparative approaches to address similar problems.

Within the CANSEA network, an activity is defined as being regional once it corresponds to one of the following definitions:

– Activity involving at least two distinct national partners,

– Activity dealing with a transverse set of themes with transnational dimension,

– Activity allowing the comparison of data between several countries and integration of these data in an analysis at sub-regional level.