More public-private collaboration sought in rice value chain
Joining hands to promote sustainability across the rice value chain
However, boosting rice productivity and quality in a sustainable manner cannot be the lone effort of a single corporation. While the private sector continues to invest in science, products and services, wider challenges - such as insufficient education and training, political and economic instability, poor infrastructure, as well as loose legal frameworks - call for the collective efforts of many other multi-stakeholders.
Stressing the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors and across the rice value chain, the event is co-hosted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Besides a well-represented group of stakeholders in the audience, including government officials, policy makers, research institutions, academia, media, farmers and farmer associations from across the region, the event also features prominent speakers from companies and associations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Ministry of Agriculture from the Government of India, and Kellogg, among others.
"At Bayer CropScience, we believe that agricultural innovation can only benefit farmers and society at large if there is a coordinated and concerted effort between the public and private sectors to create an enabling environment. This means facilitating public-private partnerships to research, develop, commercialize and promote new solutions," said Hartmut van Lengerich, Head of Cereals and Fungicides Strategy at Bayer CropScience. He continued: "We are therefore committed to working in strong collaboration with governments, the industry and non-governmental organizations to drive partnerships and help address the challenges facing rice farming."
For example, Bayer CropScience has a long-standing partnership with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to work together to expand the rice database and provide the impetus for breeding new high-yielding rice varieties, as well as enabling access to the many benefits of hybrid rice for farmers and rice communities.
The company is also one of the founding partners of the German Food Partnership (GFP), a cooperative network between the German and European private sector and public sector institutions in emerging and developing countries. GFP’s multi-stakeholder projects are based on innovative and holistic concepts and targeted towards enhancing food security and nutrition, as well as economic development. Key projects include looking at how to improve the health of local communities in Africa and Asia by enhancing the nutrition value of rice.
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