IRRI presents climate-smart solutions for rice growers at Philippine-France Forum
As climate change poses a risk to the agricultural sector, threatens food security and farmers’ well-being, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) presented solutions as to how the Philippines can address the effects of future disasters.
During the Philippine-France Forum, IRRI presented its projects that benefit rice farmers and consumers.
Matty Demont, IRRI senior scientist and leader of the market research team, particularly shared research being done on upgrading the rice value chain in the Philippines.
“Rice breeders need to tailor rice varieties to both market trends and the climate change. We also need to help rice farmers become more climate-resilient and competitive,” Demont said.
IRRI has developed and released climate-smart rice varieties that are drought-, flood-, and salt-tolerant to help farmers and communities cope with the adverse effects of climate change.
Relevant and timely information on rice production is also important to boost productivity. IRRI works on widening farmers’ access to useful data through the Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM) project.
PRISM uses remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), crop modeling, smart phone-based surveys, and cloud computing to generate information on where, when, and how much rice is grown in the country and assess crop health and damages caused by flood and drought.
IRRI’s scientist Alice Laborte and the project leader noted that involving the right partners is very crucial to this initiative’s success.