By Ma. Carmelita Alberto
Crop and Environmental Sciences Division, IRRI
1315-1415 H, Thursday, 21 February 2013
Havener Auditorium, IRRI
The irrigated rice-based cropping system is one of Asia’s most important production systems, as it provides for about three-quarters of the world’s rice needs. Though the system is sustainable, it faces the challenges of an increasing population, water scarcity, and its own contribution to global warming through the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs).
Producing more food is an absolute need, and demands more efficient use of resources to achieve it. Research on increasing rice yields, however, should focus on strategies that do not harm the environment.