Irrigated Rice Research Consortium
Ensuring food security in Asia
Established in 1997, the IRRC, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), provides a framework for partnership between the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) and the private sector in 11 Asian countries.
By Martin Gummert
Postharvest (PH) losses in rice are physical losses from shattering, spillage, and waste and quality losses from delays in postharvest operations and improper storage. In South and Southeast Asia, physical losses are 10–25% and quality losses can discount prices by up to 30%.
Written by Grant Singleton, David Johnson, and Trina Mendoza
In Myanmar, rice is the most important agricultural commodity. Myanmar people are amongst the highest consumers of rice in the world, with each person averaging more than 180 kilograms per year. Rice provides 71% of their daily calorie intake.