Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Sustainable Rice: What is it and what is it worth?

An IRRI Seminar

By Pieter Rutsaert and Sarah Beebout

Post-doctoral fellow, Social Sciences Division and
Scientist, Crop and Environmental Sciences Division
International Rice Research Institute

1:15-2:15 p.m., Thursday, 27 March 2014
Havener Auditorium, IRRI


One of the greatest challenges in feeding the world is increasing rice production in a sustainable manner such that everyone can be adequately and nutritiously fed without over-exploiting the Earth’s resources. Despite widespread agreement with this statement, adoption of sustainable agricultural practices is limited in developing countries. There are many possible reasons for this, perhaps most important of which is that sustainable practices are seldom market-driven, resulting in lack of apparent profitably for farmers and lack resources for training and extension. Sustainability should be embraced as a new type of business competitiveness, going beyond certification systems for niche markets (e.g., organic certification). To achieve this, a common blueprint for sustainable agricultural practices is necessary. Is it possible to agree on a common set of sustainable rice practices internationally, or even within IRRI? Come and find out what the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) is and how IRRI is involved. Participation in the SRP has the potential to make your research more meaningful to both farmers and consumers of rice.

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