The CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on rice agri-food systems (RICE, 2017-2022) is the second phase of the CRP on rice (2011-2016), which was also known as the Global Rice Science Partnership. While RICE continues to invest in its core strengths of genetic improvement and natural resources management, it will expand its scope to cover rice value chains from producer to consumer and diversified farming systems.
Responding to changes brought about by structural transformations in the rice sector, it will facilitate the transition of smallholder rice farmers to modern business entrepreneurship by exploiting opportunities offered by market diversification and the emergence of a stronger consumer demand for quality and nutritious rice products. At the same time, it will assist poor farmers in hinterlands and less-endowed environments to cope with extreme stresses and the effects of climate change and other shocks. In doing so, RICE will be at the cutting edge of science and will mobilize modern technological breakthroughs such as those offered by biotechnology, ICT, and Big Data. RICE will harness 600 research and development partners from both the public and private sector to deliver measurable impacts on the overall goals of the CGIAR: reduced poverty, improved food and nutrition security, and improved natural resources and ecosystem services.
In particular, RICE expects to:
Help at least 13 million rice consumers and producers to exit poverty by 2022, rising to 18 million by 2030
Help at least 17 million rice consumers and producers to exit hunger by 2022, rising to 26 million by 2030
Assist at least 8 million people to meet their daily Zn requirements from rice by 2022, rising to 18 million by 2030
THESE OUTCOMES WILL BE POSSIBLE BY:
Helping at least 17 million households to adopt improved rice varieties and/or farming practices by 2022, rising to 36 million by 2030
Improving the annual genetic gain in rice to at least 1.3% by 2022, rising to 1.7% by 2030
Helping increase annual global (milled) rice production of 480 million tons in 2014 to 536 million tons by 2022, and to 544 million tons by 2030
Increasing water- and nutrient-use efficiency in rice-based farming systems by at least 5% by 2022, rising to 15% by 2030
Helping reduce agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions in rice-based farming systems by at least 28.4 megatons carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent/year by 2022 and by a further 28.4 megatons CO2 equivalent/year by 2030