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IRRI focuses on resilience to tackle economic shocks

  • Published at 06:35 pm July 16th, 2020
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Varieties of rice sample in a shop Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

With this motto in front, IRRI, the rice research organization launched its annual report for 2019

As countries continue to grapple with the realities of pandemics, climate change, increasing poverty and hunger, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) stands ready to ensure the sustainability of the global rice sector, which provides food for half the world’s people.

With this motto in front, IRRI, the rice research organization launched its annual report for 2019, said a press release.

Titled “Race for Impact”, the report is a compilation of IRRI’s cumulative work that focused on making the rice sector more climate-resilient and sustainable for the benefit of smallholder farmers, women, and youth.

It features initiatives to provide lasting contributions to the SGDs and to national development plans including implementation of local evidence hubs, high-impact technological innovations, opening an African regional center of leadership for rice, and forging an international partnership with other CGIAR Centers to drive food systems transformations in Asia.

“The transformation of the global food systems is an immense but imperative goal of delivering healthier diets without exhausting the world’s resources. Making this happen requires restructuring agricultural priorities where the top priority is producing healthier foods for balanced diets rather than producing cheap foods,” said Matthew Morell, director general of IRRI.

Transforming the world’s rice-based agri-food systems and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are no small challenges.

In these crucial times, IRRI is focused on bolstering the resilience of the global rice sector against economic shocks, the report outlines.

“We have recently launched Research-for-Development agenda in five key areas: Climate Change, Environment, Social Equity, Prosperity, and Nutrition and Food Security. These will help us streamline and refocus our work around the SDGs,” said Dr Humnath Bhandari, IRRI country representative for Bangladesh.

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations.

It is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government.

The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and more than 1,000 staff.

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