Global Rice Science Partnership
The CGIAR Research Program on Rice, known as the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) provides a single strategic plan and unique new partnership platform for impact-oriented rice research for development – it is designed to more effectively solve development challenges.
It streamlines current rice research for development activities of CGIAR and aligns them with more than 900 rice research and development partners worldwide to:
- Increase rice productivity and value for the poor
- Foster more sustainable rice-based production
- Help rice farmers adapt to climate change
- Rice is the staple food for more than 3 billion people worldwide, including around 600 million living in extreme poverty.
- Rice will remain the most important crop in Asia and is increasingly important in Latin America and Africa.
- Demand for rice will outstrip supply.
- Rice price increases wreak havoc on the poor.
GRiSP starts from a basis of current research and adds new activities of high priority in areas where science is expected to make significant contributions. GRiSP research is organized into six themes to maximize collaboration, innovation, and impact:
- Harnessing genetic diversity to chart new productivity, quality, and health horizons
- Accelerating the development, delivery, and adoption of improved rice varieties
- Ecological and sustainable management of rice-based production systems
- Extracting more value from rice harvests through improved quality, processing, market systems, and new products
- Technology evaluations, targeting, and policy options for enhanced impact
- Supporting the growth of the global rice sector
Impact by 2035
- Keep rice affordable: reduce expenditure on rice by those under the US$1.25 poverty line by US$11 billion annually.
- Slash poverty: lift 150 million people above the US$1.25 poverty line, because they will be spending less on rice, reducing the global number of poor by 11 per cent.
- Reduce malnutrition: as a result of increased availability and affordable rice prices, alleviate malnourishment for at least 70 million people.
- Cut climate change impacts: avert nearly 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions and help rice farmers adapt to climate change.
- ‘Greener’ rice: reduce the water and environmental footprint of rice production.