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IRRI South Asia Regional Centre

The 50-year partnership between the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Republic of India reached another significant milestone with the opening of the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI SARC) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The Prime Minister of India, His Excellency Shri Narendra Modi, officially inaugurated the state-of-the-art rice research facility on 29 December 2018, dedicating it to the people of India as part of his ambitious goal of doubling farmers’ incomes.

The IRRI South Asia Regional Centre is a regional facility that supports research collaboration, training, and service provision to institutions, scientists, and other stakeholders from India and other South Asian and African nations.


  • Enhance South-South collaboration and strengthen the capacity of rice-growing countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa in crop production, seed quality, and to enhance farmers’ income
  • Deliver research for development services for the private and public sectors through its state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for grain quality, crop production and nutritional quality
  • Enable knowledge transfer through short courses on rice-based agri-food systems and other IRRI Education products within the region

IRRI SARC Products and Services

Centre for Excellence in Rice Value Addition (CERVA)

  • Research toward the production of state-of-the-art grain quality
  • Further improvement of nutritional quality, biofortification, postharvest loss and processing, rice value chains, understanding heavy metal contamination, and production of new varieties that meet market demand and expectation. 

Read more on IRRI’s work on nutrition and grain quality.

Broader programs of capacity development

  • Short courses on rice based agri-food systems
  • Scholars and internships
  • IRRI Education products delivered to the private sector, NARES partners in India, international students from SAARC and Sub-Saharan Africa, and state and national government officials

Read more on IRRI’s work on training and capacity building.

Broader programs of research and development

  • Center for phenotyping excellence
  • Agronomy research on systems intensification and optimization
  • Developing and delivering climate-resilient and stress-tolerant rice varieties
  • Intensifying cereal cropping systems to invigorate economic activities across many regions

Learn more about IRRI’s work in South Asia.