Motto: "Rice Science For A Better World"
What is International Rice Research Institute?
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to:
reducing poverty and hunger through rice science;
improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and
protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations.
IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government.
The institute is headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines
IRRI aims to improve livelihoods and nutrition, abolishing poverty, hunger and malnutrition among those who depend on rice-based agri-food systems.
In doing so, IRRI’s work protects the health of rice farmers and consumers, and the environmental sustainability of rice farming in a world challenged by climate change. IRRI’s work promotes the empowerment of women and supports opportunities for youth in an equitable agri-food system.
Reduce poverty through improved and diversified rice-based systems.
Ensure that rice production is stable and sustainable, does minimal harm to the environment, and can cope with climate change.
Improve the nutrition and health of poor rice consumers and farmers.
Provide equitable access to information and knowledge on rice and help develop the next generation of rice scientists.
Provide scientists and producers with the genetic information and material they need to develop improved technologies and enhance rice production.
Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.
More than half of the rice area in Asia is planted to IRRI-bred varieties or their progenies.
The institute develops new and improved methods and technologies that enable farmers to manage their farms profitably and sustainably, and recommends rice varieties and agricultural practices suitable to particular farm conditions as well as consumer preferences.
IRRI assists national agricultural research and extension systems in formulating and implementing country rice sector strategies.
IRRI is a member of the CGIAR consortium, committed to a food-secure future. The Institute is also the lead center on the CGIAR Research Program on Rice. In addition, IRRI is a member of the following CGIAR Research Programs:
CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health
CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems
CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
Impact: (see the picture below)
IRRI and India:
IRRI has been known to have helped during the Green Revolution in 1960s. (in which India imported wheat from Mexico and rice from Philippines).
The IRRI has successfully collaborated with Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) to introduce drought-tolerant, flood-tolerant and salt-tolerant varieties of rice in India.
The Indian government is also setting up a regional centre of the IRRI in Varanasi to develop high-yielding rice varieties. The Varanasi Centre would help increase farmers’ income by enhancing and supporting rice productivity, reducing cost of production, value addition, diversification and enhancement of farmers’ skills.