Thai Rice: Strengthening Climate-Smart Rice Farming

Thai Rice: Strengthening Climate-Smart Rice Farming

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 25 Oct 2023 at B.37
  • Est. completion 19 Jan 2029
  • ESS Category Category B

Rice is Thailand’s most important food crop, accounting for roughly half of the country’s agricultural land and employing more than 18 million smallholder farmers. Methane from flooded rice fields and CO2 emissions from the annual burning of rice straw, however, make up a significant portion of the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. At the same time, many smallholder farmers struggle to cope with climate change-induced fluctuations in rainfall patterns that have multiplied floods and drought, damaging farmers’ crops and threatening livelihoods. 

The Thai Rice project is the first GCF project to focus solely on transforming rice production systems with a focus on circular economy solutions. Globally, rice food systems account for GHG emissions equivalent to those of the aviation sector. This project will support Thai rice farmers and service providers in the adoption of a series of climate-smart technologies and practices and deliver farmer-friendly financial products to sustainably manage rice farming. The intervention is projected to significantly decrease methane emissions and water-usage from rice farming in Thailand, while also boosting farmers’ overall climate resilience. The project will also allow for Thai rice-farmers to recycle their rice straw into new products and create new local market opportunities.  

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


14 Jun 2021 - 864 days

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

14 Jun 2021

Concept note received

21 Dec 2022

Funding proposal received

03 Aug 2023

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

02 Oct 2023

Cleared by iTAP

25 Oct 2023


25 Oct 2023 - 276 days so far

Approved by GCF Board

25 Oct 2023

FAA executed

19 Jan 2024

Under implementation

To be completed

19 Jan 2029

One region

  • Asia-Pacific

One country

  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing

GrantUSD 41,584,255
Total GCF Financing
USD 41,584,255


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 4,673,202
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 32,679,738
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 49,684,095
Total Co-Financing
USD 87,037,037

GCF Contacts

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Phone +82 32 458 6186 (KST)
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GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6714 (KST)
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Accredited Entity

Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Ms. Ilona Porsche

Head of GCF Business Development Unit
Dag-Hammarskjold-Weg 1-5, Eschborn, Germany
Phone +49-619679-3130
Ms. Tatjana Krueger

Head of GCF Oversight Unit
Dag-Hammarskjold-Weg 1-5 65760 Eschborn, Germany, Eschborn, Germany
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National Designated Authority

Department of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Mr. Jatuporn Buruspat Primary
Permanent Secretary
92 Soi Phahon Yothin 7, Phahon Yothin Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Phone +66 2278 8543
Phone +66 2278 8545
Ms. Nareerat Panmanee Secondary
Director of Strategy and International Cooperation Division, Department of Climate Change and Environment
49 Soi 30 Rama VI Road, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, Thailand
Phone +66 2278 8400 Ext. 1816
Ms. Krittaya Chunhaviriyakul Operational focal point
Director of Climate Measure and Mechanism Development Section, Division of Strategy and International Relation, Department of Climate Change and Environment
Mr. Wissarut Muangpluem Operational focal point