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.
With rapid population growth and climate change, inland valleys are increasingly being considered as the continent’s future food basket since they are generally more fertile than uplands and have higher water availability. They are particularly important for realizing Africa’s rice promise.
The Long-Term Continuous Cropping Experiment (LTCCE) marked its 150th rice cropping season, making it one of the longest running agricultural experiments in the world, and the most exciting.
A small dam in M’bé near Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire represents the inspiring story of unsung heroes who helped more than 300 farming households survive a difficult time when they had little hope.
Technically referred to as high-diversity vegetation patches, they offer refuge to a range of beneficial insects, spiders, and birds that protect the neighboring rice from hungry pests.
Now, thanks to the new semi-automated downdraft rice furnace (dRHF) designed by experts at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), farmers and seed producers have a better choice.
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.