Knowledge and capacity building

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In support of the global rice sector’s growth, IRRI and its partners establish systems and support existing ones that facilitate large-scale adoption of rice technologies across major rice-producing areas.

Our networks and partnerships across the public sector, civil society, and the private sector connect us with large numbers of farmers to support large-scale testing, adaptation, and adoption of new rice technologies and knowledge. This “last-mile delivery” varies in form and scale locally, regionally, and nationally and is inclusive of the intended end-users of innovation; particularly poorer households and women.

We help our partners and other international centers in building better in-house capacity, using tools such as innovative communication technologies. We also support learning alliances among our networks that help us understand the implications of approaches learned in one region to others to improve their success rate. These alliances have a catalytic effect amongst partners stimulating them to do other work and directly benefiting farmers.

IRRI’s work to improve product delivery is part of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), Theme 6:Supporting the growth of the global rice sector.

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Capacity building tools
IRRI builds the capacity of its partners through the use of online tools and training to share rice technologies and knowledge with farmers to help improve rice production.

Increasing technology adoption
Through numerous partners and in different ways, IRRI is increasing the adoption of rice technologies across major-rice growing regions.

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Dr. Achim Dobermann, former deputy director general for research of IRRI, discusses the initiative's work on supporting the growth of the global rice sector.

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Rice Knowledge Bank
To bridge the gap between research and practice in rice production, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) developed the Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB)—a digital extension service that provides practical knowledge solutions, specialized for small-scale farmers in developing countries.

RKB showcases rice production techniques, agricultural technologies, and best farming practices based on IRRI’s pool of knowledge from research findings, learning and media resources, and in-country projects.

To facilitate easy access to information and help people make informed farming decisions, RKB highlights the Step-by-step Production Stages from pre-planting to post-harvest management, Decision Tools, and Agronomy Guides.

RKB serves to address the biggest challenge to agricultural development by supporting fast and effective transfer of technologies from the research laboratory to the farmer’s field.