FAO, IRRI team up for sustainable rice production in developing countries
The Food and Agriculture Organization has signed an agreement with the International Rice Research Institute to cooperate more closely in supporting sustainable rice production in developing countries to improve food security and livelihoods while safeguarding natural resources.
The agreement seeks to better pool the scientific knowledge and technical know-how of the two organizations to expand and intensify their work globally.
“The world faces very significant changes over the next few decades to produce the volume and quality of nutritious food to feed a global population heading for 10 billion people,” said IRRI Director-General Matthew K. Morell. “Addressing these issues relies on global partnerships, and today, IRRI is delighted to be reaffirming through this Memorandum of Agreement our commitment to work with FAO to enhance sustainable rice-based production and food systems through awareness raising, capacity development, knowledge exchange, and evidence-based analyses for policy support.”
“With over three billion people across the globe eating rice every day, rice is critical to global food security,” said Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources. “Ensuring sustainable rice production is a key contribution to the global goal of ending hunger. By teaming up with IRRI, already a long-standing partner, we will be able to scale up, complement and amplify our work towards reaching this goal.”
The partnership aims to enhance sustainable rice-based farming systems through capacity building activities, including assisting governments in planning and implementing national and regional policies and strategies to help small-scale farmers.
The FAO and IRRI are actively promoting more sustainable rice practices throughout the value chain, from production, marketing to consumption.