Association of Southeast Asian Nations

ASEAN flag and globeNinety percent of the world’s rice supply is produced in Asia—the bulk of it in ASEAN countries. Global food security thus relies much on what goes on with rice—its production and distribution—in this part of the world.


flag of MozambiqueMozambique has a 500-year old tradition of rice cultivation. Today, rice is seen more as a cash crop. Most of the farmers produce rice, but don’t eat it. IRRI was first established in Mozambique in 2006 with a mandate to increase rice production and build capacity to sustain the country’s rice industry.


flag of ThailandAs far back as 1941, Thailand recognized the importance of deepwater rice research by building the Huntra Rice Experiment Station. The first formal link between Thailand and IRRI was made in 1960-1963 when Prince M.C. Chakrabandhu became a founding member of the IRRI Board of Trustees.

South Korea

flag of South KoreaThe Government of the Republic of Korea has been collaborating with IRRI through the Rural Development Administration (RDA) since the 1960s.


flag of PakistanIRRI began its first initiative in Pakistan in 1966 when the Ford Foundation decided to fund IRRI directly to hire rice specialists.


flag of VietnamVietnam and IRRI has been collaborating since 1963, when it received the first Vietnamese scientist to visit and study at the Institute.

Sri Lanka

Sri LankaRice is famed to have had a long and regal history in Sri Lanka. Its importance goes far beyond its status as a primary food source in this island nation. Synonymously, rice plays an important role in the country's cultural identity, tradition, and politics. 


flag of PhilippinesIRRI has a special relationship with the Philippines, the country having been its home since the Institute’s founding in 1960.


flag of NepalCooperation between the government of Nepal and IRRI began in 1985. This covers research on improvement of rainfed lowland and irrigated rice varieties, plant pathology, entomology, soil science, agronomy, and farming systems.

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