IRRI pushes for sustainable rice production in Asian countries
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), together with strong collaboration with national partners, said it is implementing innovative pathways to alleviate poverty and promote gender equity by optimizing productivity and environmental sustainability of irrigated rice production systems.
The Closing Rice Yield Gaps in Asia with Reduced Environmental Footprint (CORIGAP-PRO) project, which is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), recently brought together national partners from eight countries during its annual meeting to discuss key outcomes for 2017 and to plan activities for this year.
“In 2017, the best management practices promoted by CORIGAP have currently reached more than 375,000 farmers across the six target countries (China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam), with yield increase ranging from 14 to 30 percent,” said Grant Singleton, IRRI Principal Scientist and CORIGAP project coordinator.
“With this exciting outcome, we will hear how each country has progressed and their plans for future initiatives to take us closer to our target in 2020 of reaching 500,000 farmers,” he added.
Now in the second year of its second phase, representatives from China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, the six target countries, plus the Philippines and Cambodia, which are affiliated countries, reported on their achievements for the past year.
During the meeting, the participants developed plans that focus on activities aligned with the national rice programs of the target countries.
In 2018, planned activities include: expansion of outreach and documentation of stories of change; testing and documenting increased environmental sustainability by using the Sustainable Rice Platform indicators; linking farmers group to premium markets; inform policy advisors on key outcomes of the project; and strengthening capacity of national partners