IRRI’s crop and environment research develops better management options for rice farmers to make rice farming more productive, eco-friendly, and resilient to climatic extremes and other challenges.
We study rodents and other pests, diseases, and weeds as well as soil, nutrient, and water management. We investigate practical and affordable mechanization options and management practices to ensure diversified rice cropping systems – where rice is grown in rotation with other crops – are sustainable. We design cropping systems adapted to climate change and find ways to reduce emissions. We develop new and adapted management strategies needed to accompany the introduction of new rice varieties better able to cope with drought, submergence, and salinity.
Our research will lead to the development of more ecologically sound management principles and resource-conserving technologies that support the further intensification and diversification of rice systems, particularly in Asia.
In Africa and Latin America, where there is more land and water available for growing rice, our work will help ensure growth in rice production is sustainable.
IRRI’s crop and environment research is part of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), Theme 3: Ecological and sustainable management of rice-based production systems.
Water is undoubtedly one of the most precious resources and like all living things, rice needs water. Rice does not only need water for its growth and development but also to be able to produce good yields. It is estimated that rice uses 30 percent of freshwater used for crops worldwide and in Asia, more than 80 percent of developed freshwater resources are used for irrigating rice.
Climate change poses an additional problem on the world’s agricultural and natural resource systems that must already cope with growing food demand due to population growth in many countries.IRRI not only adapts rice to the effects of climate change but explores ways to reduce greenhouse gases from rice production.
Sustainable production systems under the Global Rice Science partnership