IRRI to help Vietnam innovate its rice value chain
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said it is now working together with Vietnam to innovate the rice value chain in the Southeast Asian nation which will be done primarily through policy recommendations and high technology options.
During the Vietnam Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo 2018, IRRI Head of the Agri-food Policy Platform Jean Balie presented strategies and opportunities for the application of cutting edge technologies that support Vietnam’s vision of developing a smart agriculture sector.
One of the successful institutional innovations that was discussed is the scaling the small farms-large field (SFLF) models in Vietnam.
“SFLF can reduce production costs, provide a platform for knowledge-sharing, apply climate-smart agriculture principles, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in rice production,” Balie said.
Other policy recommendations were increasing consumer awareness on certified rice, providing incentives for contract farming and reducing trade-offs, and promoting certification and branding of quality rice.