Reduced environmental footprint

With diminishing resources, demand is increasing for rice to be produced, processed, and marketed in more sustainable and environment-friendly ways. More food needs to be produced that has to come from yield increase and smart water use to meet future demand.

Since its first phase, RICE and its partners have been developing water-saving and other climate-friendly technologies that reduces rice production’s environmental footprint. By 2022, RICE aims to increase water- and nutrient-use efficiency and reduce agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions in rice-based farming systems.

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2022 Targets

In reducing environmental footprint, RICE aims to:

  • Increase water- and nutrient-use efficiency in rice-based farming systems by at least 5% by 2022, rising to 11% by 2030.
  • Help 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, compared to business-as-usual scenarios.