IRRI to present 10-point Action Plan for ASEAN
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will present its 10-point Action Plan to top agriculture policymakers during the Senior Officials Meeting-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (SOM-AMAF) next week in Palawan.
The Philippine News Agency reported that the Action Plan fits with the ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework and includes the ASEAN Plus 3 Germplasm Development and Breeding Initiative.
The initiative creates a regional technology collaboration platform that could improve the genetic resources of rice varieties available to the ASEAN Plus 3 countries.
It could also accelerate work on climate-smart rice varieties adapted to region-specific conditions of drought, flooding and salinity.
“The rice industry feeds over 600 million people in the region each day. A joint investment in rice breeding can achieve food security for the entire region, as well as create inclusive economic growth in the rice industry,” Matthew Morell, IRRI director general, was quoted as saying.