Institutions for rice research

International Rice Research Institute

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is an international NGO headquartered n Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. IRRI has offices in sixteen countries. The main goal of IRRI is to find sustainable ways to improve the wellbeing of rice farmers and consumers, as well as the environment.

The institute is one of fifteen agricultural research centers around the world that form the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). IRRI is Asia’s largest non-profit agricultural research center.

IRRI was established in 1960 with the support of the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and the Government of the Philippines. IRRI’s headquarters is located on a 252 hectare experimental farm with modern laboratories and glasshouses and a training center. It also houses the International Rice Genebank and Riceworld museum.

IRRI’s current scope of research covers:

  • Conserving, understanding, sharing, and using the genetic diversity of rice
  • Breeding and delivering new and better varieties of rice
  • Developing and sharing improved crop and environment management practices
  • Adding value to the economic and nutritional value of rice
  • Broadening our impact by supporting strategic policy and market development
  • Facilitating large-scale adoption of rice technologies

In 2010, the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) was launched and led by IRRI in Asia. The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) leads in Africa, and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) leads in Latin America.

Irrigated Rice Research Consortium

The Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC) focuses on agricultural research and extension in irrigated rice-based ecosystems.

In partnership with national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) and the private sector, the IRRC provides a platform for the dissemination and adoption of natural resource management (NRM) technologies in Asian countries.

The IRRC is currently active in eleven countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The consortium is headquartered in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.

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Did you know…

  • Rice is grown in more than 100 countries
  • In 2010, worldwide milled rice production was approximately 470 million tons
  • 90% of the total rice production is in Asia
  • Rice can be harvested via rainfall or through irrigation systems