Closing rice yield gaps in Asia with reduced environmental footprint CORIGAP is a project under the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC). IRRI invests in the IRRC as a partnership mechanism within the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP).
CORIGAP aims to improve food security and gender equity as well as alleviate poverty by optimizing productivity and sustainability of irrigated rice production systems. These will be achieved through the use of science-based tools and participatory methods that would generate evidences on reduced rice yield gap. Innovative learning platforms and communication strategies among farmers, researchers, and extension staff from the public and private sectors play an important role in the process.
CORIGAP will be established in six major rice granaries: China (Guangdong Province), Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. We collaborate with national partners to build on current national or regional programs on “best management practices” for rice.
The project has two phases:
Phase 1: Rice yield in three major rice granaries is envisioned to sustainably increase by 10% in 2016.
In Phase I, the project will focus on six major rice granaries, primarily in Southeast Asia to conduct the following activities:
- Assess needs in farming communities and develop monitoring schemes for change in rice systems associated with IRRC technologies.
- Develop a field calculator as an assessment tool for raising yields and profits with minimum environmental footprint.
- Use adaptive research in farmers’ fields.
- Develop novel mechanisms for outreach and scaling out.
- Build the capacity of national partners and other stakeholders.
Phase 2: By 2022, the six granaries for 500,000 small holder farmers will yield 20% more rice.