A Global Agricultural Research Partnership

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is a non-profit independent rice research and training organization. IRRI’s research is done under the framework of the CGIAR Research Program on Rice, known as the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), which the institute also leads

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. The Institute works with its public and private sector partners in national agricultural research and extension systems in major rice-growing countries to do research, training, and knowledge transfer. Its social and economic research also informs governments to help them formulate policy to improve the equitable supply of rice.

IRRI’s mission is 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.


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Headquarters in the Philippines
+63 2 580 5600
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Media contact

Lanie Reyes
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Press Releases


Lead in rice?

IRRI supports the existing evidence that demonstrates that rice consumption is not considered a significant source of exposure to lead.




The Origin of Rice

A deceptively simple question: where does rice come from? The answer is understandably complex, incomplete, and mostly in the hands of two very different kind of scientists. On the one…

The Sensory Testing of Rice

Just like wine, rice is consumed my millions. But unlike wine – although some might argue this – rice is a staple. It feeds over half the world. We hear…

The International Rice Genebank

The International Rice Genebank, maintained by IRRI, holds more than 117,000 types of rice, including modern and traditional varieties, and wild relatives of rice.