The massive benefits of global rice research
"Our traditional varieties could not survive submergence, so the introduction of IRRI's flood-tolerant Swarna Sub1 for testing holds big promise for our farmers in the south," he added.
More than 900 organizations are working together to help the GRiSP mission. It is led by IRRI in collaboration with other institutes such as the Africa Rice Center, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, the French Research Institute for Development, and the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences.
“Working together with partners around the globe is now a necessity for a more efficient way of finding solutions to today’s challenges in rice production,” says Robert Zeigler, director general at the International Rice Research Institute. “For every 1 billion people added to the world’s population, 100 million tons of rice need to be produced each year with less land, less water, and less labor but in a sustainable way. Moreover, it must be ready to withstand the threats brought about by climate change.
“And, it always pays to invest in rice research and development because for every US$20 of investment, one person is lifted out of poverty. This clearly shows an efficient development investment that has a high return in poverty eradication,” he adds.
Dr. Zeigler notes that “the transformation of Thailand, Vietnam, and India, among other countries on becoming leaders in the rice industry, could not have occurred without a revolution in rice cultivation. Now, with GRiSP’s concretely laid-out vision of success, innovative and holistic approach, and the concerted efforts of hundreds of institutions that share a similar vision, the future will be transformed as the lives of the poor are improved around the world.”
He is hopeful that, “through GRiSP, we can advance rice science and its application to reduce poverty and hunger, improve human health and nutrition, and create a better environment."
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