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The Sustainable Rice Platform ready for 2014

Rice plays a crucial role as the daily staple for half the global population- more than 3.5 billion people, many of whom are food-insecure. Rice is produced on 160 million hectares of land, with a large part cultivated by 144 million smallholders. Rice production uses 34-43% of the world’s irrigation water and is responsible for 5% to 10% of global methane emissions.

However, while the demand for rice is projected to grow significantly by 2050, global supply growth is lagging. The global rice production area is declining due to land conversion, salinization and increased water scarcity. The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) has been set up to confront such large-scale sustainability challenges. SRP is a multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to promote resource efficiency and sustainability, both on-farm and throughout the value chain. It is co-convened by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the International Rice Research Institute IRRI). Its membership consists of private, public and non-profit organizations.

By the end of 2016, the Sustainable Rice Platform aims to offer the global rice supply chain a proven set of instruments to facilitate wide-scale adoption of sustainable best practices. Examples of instruments are standards, guidelines, analysis tools, training modules, outreach models and incentive mechanisms. The SRP’s members and partners are now working on the development and testing of these instruments.

Aidenvironment has been advising the Sustainable Rice Platform since its inception. Our services include strategic planning advice, expert knowledge input on sustainable production practices, impact indicators and supply chain mechanisms. Recently, we have facilitated another successful Annual Plenary Meeting. The meeting showed a positive response and commitment to action across all stakeholder groups and participating countries. 2014 promises to be an exciting year.

 

Visit the website Sustainable Rice Platform.

 

For more information contact Jan Willem Molenaar.