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IRRI, or the International Rice Research Institute, is a nonprofit independent research and training organization. IRRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium.
IRRI develops new rice varieties and rice crop management techniques that help rice farmers improve the yield and quality of their rice in an environmentally sustainable way. We work with our public and private sector partners in national agricultural research and extension systems in major rice-growing countries to do research, training, and knowledge transfer. Our social and economic research also informs governments to help them formulate policy to improve the equitable supply of rice.
To reduce poverty and hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and consumers, and ensure environmental sustainability through collaborative research, partnerships, and the strengthening of national agricultural research and extension systems.
- Reduce poverty through improved and diversified rice-based systems.
- Ensure that rice production is sustainable and stable, has minimal negative environmental impact, and can cope with climate change.
- Improve the nutrition and health of poor rice consumers and rice farmers.
- Provide equitable access to information and knowledge on rice and help develop the next generation of rice scientists.
- Provide rice scientists and producers with the genetic information and material they need to develop improved technologies and enhance rice production.
IRRI’s goals contribute to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and ensure environmental sustainability. They are also aligned with the objectives of the Global Rice Science Partnership that help deliver internationally coordinated research effectively and efficiently with our partners.
IRRI in Bangladesh:
Bangladesh survived its bloodshed liberation war in 1971, but it left the country struggling in the years that followed. Despite this, Bangladesh managed to steadily increase its rice production from 16 million tons before independence to about 48 million tons in 2009. This was largely because of modern rice varieties coupled with improved management practices and irrigation development that helped farmers to increase their yield per hectare.
Modern rice production technologies gave Bangladesh an impetus to become nearly self-sufficient in rice production despite monsoons and floods, which took their toll on rice production efforts. The steady increases in rice production also helped the country avert food insecurity in the face of severe natural disasters such as major floods in 1987, 1988, and 1998.