IRRI and Sri Lanka in joint research partnership to boost rice sector

ASIA - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has announces a joint partnership with the government of Sri Lanka to enhance research and investments in the country’s rice sector. The two will collaboratively work on a plan that entails development projects while enabling Sri Lanka achieve its rice self-sufficiency goals. The programme will focus on…

IRRI opens new center in India to enhance rice research in Asia and Africa

INDIA - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has inaugurated a new facility, IRRI South Asia Regional Center (IRRI SARC) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh to enhance research capabilities in rice growing countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. IRRI South Asia Regional Centre features state-of-the-art laboratories and an institute that hosts scientists and experts from…

IRRI to receive US$1.4m a year funding from Crop Trust to conserve rice varieties

SINGAPORE - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is set to receive US$1.4 million worth of funding from non-profit organization, Crop Trust in a partnership to ensure conservation and sharing of 136,000 varieties worldwide. The seeds, stored at IRRI’s high-tech facility in Los Baños, Philippines, will be used by scientists worldwide to develop improved rice…

Golden rice completes the third food safety evaluation by USDA

USA - GR2E Golden Rice, a provitamin-A biofortified rice variety, has completed its third positive food safety evaluation by the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). In an official statement by Crop Biotech, the US FDA announced that it concurred with the International Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI) assessment regarding the safety and nutrition of…

IRRI collaborates with Nepal for rice sustainability and security

ASIA - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the government of Nepal have signed a collaborative five-year agreement that seeks to achieve rice sustainability while ensuring food security and nutrition. The project aims at increasing grain yield build technical skills and capabilities, and promote a more market-driven seed system for climate resilient rice varieties.…

IRRI partners with quality assurance group Intertek for sustainable rice production

ASIA - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has partnered with the UK based multinational inspection, product testing and certification company, Intertek to enhance sustainable rice production and global food security. The collaboration will see Intertek use rice DNA markers developed by IRRI in a joint initiative geared at equitable sharing of knowledge and provision…

Africa Rice and IRRI join hands to enhance capacity in rice production

COTE D’IVOIRE - Africa Rice Center and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have agreed to expand their partnership to enhance research and develop capacity for rice production in Africa. A stronger partnership means to harness synergies in addressing the growing needs in the rice sector and in the long run impact positively on rice-based…