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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2020

Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all

Four-fifths of the world’s rice supply is grown by 144 million farming families, and the majority of them live in poverty. Many of the challenges they face, from low yields, climate shocks, and market inequities, to the economic and social disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, conspire to keep them poor or sink them even deeper into destitution.

Governments can work more closely with international organizations, agricultural research and development centers, NGOs, the private sector, and civil society stakeholders to develop innovations and interventions that enhance productivity and profitability, address current and future challenges, and provide pathways for sustainable and equitable economic growth, with the aim to uplift farmers and #EndPoverty.

ADB-IRRI EYE INCREASED INVESTMENTS FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGIES

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have recently completed a technical assistance project which aims to help governments identify and prioritize appropriate climate-resilient agricultural technologies and practices for high-impact investment. Read more

Supporting rice sector modernization in Cambodia

IRRI is a longtime partner of the Royal Government's efforts to strengthen their agricultural sector, with rice-based farming systems central in generating jobs, ensuring food security, reducing poverty, and developing rural areas, which contribute to the country’s economic transformation.

Cambodia and IRRI sign 4-Year Collaborative Work Plan to modernize and accelerate rice sector

Farmer-focused partnership leads to improvement, innovation of Cambodia’s rice sector

Cambodia launches first national seed strategy during visit to IRRI

 

Rice Straw Management

Developing sustainable, scalable, and economically feasible alternatives to rice straw burning

Rice straw is a waste byproduct of rice production. To get rid of it quickly for the next planting, many farmers burn rice straw in the field, which causes air pollution and nutrient loss in crop production. By developing technologies and practices that offer productive and sustainable uses for this waste byproduct, we can reduce the ecological impact of rice production as well as add value to farmers’ crops and foster community health and livelihoods.

Benefits drive the adoption of rice straw management practices in the Mekong Delta

 

Philippine upcycling initiative turns rice straw into inexpensive, nutritious livestock feed

 

Rice straw in all ways, always

 

Vietnam technology for growing mushroom using rice straw is a good model for other Asian countries

 

Sustainable Rice Straw Management book now available for download

 

For more information on Rice Straw Management, visit ricestraw.irri.org

Stories of Impact

Seeds of Innovation: Integrated Pest Management for Rice in Cambodia

Increasing smallholder farmer access to sustainable tools while reducing reliance on chemical pesticides

Stories of Impact

Sustainably improving Bangladesh polders

Access to new agricultural technologies helps increase farmer incomes

 

RICE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER SYSTEMS: A DRIVING FORCE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF RICE PRODUCTION ACROSS ASIA AND AFRICA

The 16-year partnership between the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of South Korea has made a real-world impact through the transfer of knowledge and skills. Read more

IRRI Digital Tools - Rice Crop Manager

 

IRRI Digital Tools - WeRise

IRRI Digital Tools - AutoMon

 

IRRI Digital Tools - Rice Doctor

Raising farmer productivity and profitability through risk management and crop insurance

This local language video was produced to create awareness among Odisha farmers about existing strategies available to manage weather-related agricultural risks. The video discusses stress tolerant rice varieties suitable for upland and lowland areas, the type and extent of risk it can withstand, the duration, and expected yield. It also provides information on the government crop insurance program, its importance, benefits, and other details. The video also highlights the benefits of crop insurance in a number of risk scenarios, and also features the experiences of farmers who have adopted these risk management strategies.

Developing rice-fish systems in Myanmar

Rice-fish farming offers rice farmers an opportunity to produce a greater range of food and earn more income while only having minimum paddy modifications.

Rice-fish farming could help boost farmers’ income in Myanmar’s “rice bowl”

Australian-funded projects are helping Myanmar rice farmers improve their livelihood and income

IRRI, WorldFish and Myanmar work together to optimize rice-fish farming productivity

 

CGIAR 2° INITIATIVE CONCLUDES PHASE 1 OF STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIONS ON SECURING ASIAN MEGA-DELTAS AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

IRRI, as part of the Two Degree Initiative for Food and Agriculture (2DI), helped lead a series of stakeholder consultations from June to August which captured key challenges, as well as stakeholder needs and priorities regarding climate change and food security, while forging partnerships to strengthen climate resilience of Asian Mega-Deltas. Read more

Other climate change-related initiatives:

IRRI, IFA spark discussion on sustainable agriculture at COP25

IRRI secures ASEAN Member States (AMS) endorsement for ASEAN Rice Net

CGIAR launches Excellence in Agronomy 2030 (EiA 2030) to improve outcomes for smallholder farmers amidst climate change

Conference highlights need for increased climate funding for rice agri-food systems